The Digital Economy Act: cause for celebration or cause for concern?

Benjamin Farrand

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The Digital Economy Act has generated a great deal of controversy since its announcement as the Digital Economy Bill. While many of its provisions do not warrant outcry from the general public, the sections dealing with online copyright infringement have led to heated debate on and off-line. This article will give an overview of this contentious piece of legislation, including its origins and development, the speed in which it was enacted, and whether the legislation will effectively achieve its aims, or hinder the innovation it seeks to encourage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-541
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Intellectual Property Review
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • copyright
  • file sharing
  • copyright infringement
  • intellectual property law
  • internet service provider
  • musical works


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