Westminster eForum

Implementing the Digital Economy Act - site-blocking, notifications and encouraging behavioural change

October 2011

This seminar offered a timely opportunity to consider the practical challenges of implementing measures in the Digital Economy Act aimed at tackling online copyright infringement and the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP's possible anti-piracy measures for the Communications Act. These measures included creating a cross-industry body, perhaps modelled on the Internet Watch Foundation, to be charged with identifying infringing websites; a streamlined legal process to make it possible for the courts to act quickly; and greater responsibilities for ISPs, advertisers and credit card companies to combat piracy.
Panel sessions focused on tackling websites accused of facilitating the distribution of copyrighted material; where responsibility should lie for monitoring sites; whether those in the media ecosystem such as ISPs, advertisers and financial services are doing enough to reduce access to pirated material; and whether, alongside content providers, they are providing delivery models that meet consumer demand. The agenda included discussion on challenges facing proposals for the mass notification of infringers, the costs of appeal and possible solutions to deterring piracy in the UK.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster eForum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates