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1 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Digital Economy Act 2010 Andrew Cormack Chief Regulatory Adviser, JANET(UK)

2 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, How the Act works Now (actually, mid-2011) –Rightsholders send notices to ISPs –ISPs pass (some) notices to Subscribers –ISPs count notices per Subscriber Maybe in 2012 (if Minister decides) –ISP limits access for high-count Subscribers Maybe some time (if Minister decides) –Courts may order blocking of internet locations Details left to secondary legislation

3 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Definitions “ISP” –Provides internet access (mainly), and –Allocates IP address –Under agreement –With subscriber “Subscriber” –Receives service from ISP –But not “as a communications provider” “Communications Provider” (Comms.Act 2003) –Establishes, maintains or operates a network –Network = system transmitting electrical/magnetic/e-m signals

4 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Which means? House = Subscriber (probably) University? School? JANET? Gov’t & Ofcom aware of problem –Minister admitted confusion in Parliament! –But don’t seem to have power to decide  Plan seems to be... –See where rights holders send notices (=ISP) –See where recipients forward them (=Subsc.) –Appeal if anyone doesn’t like it 

5 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Ofcom draft Code Identifies seven “Qualifying ISPs” –Fixed line providers >400K subscribers Rights holders also have to Qualify –By registering in advance –And paying in advance too Consultation closed July

6 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Can’t we do better? JANET AUP already requires –Grant access to network responsibly –Receive reports of AUP breaches –Educate those responsible for breaches So they don’t do it again! Similar to “ISP” role, in fact Already do it (much) better than them

7 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, JANET sites should... Manage network access –Expect users to authenticate –Limit damage that unauthenticated can do Keep IP => User records (≥3 months) Receive and deal with breach reports –Process, tools, policy, enforcement –See JANET Factsheet Educate users

8 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, Additional complications What if IP owner doesn’t know users? –E.g. LEA owns IP; School knows users –E.g. Outsourced filtering service How to deliver infringement notices? Either/both –Keep number of infringements very low –Have agreement/process to forward notices

9 Copyright JNT Association JANET Briefing, 20 th Jan, JANET should... Persuade regulators –Process already working well –Alternatives would be worse For copyright protection And for purposes of network & customers Work with rights holders on processes –Current process recognised as good –(Low-cost) improvements may be possible

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