Digital Economy Bill Part 4: Intellectual Property

Part 4 of the Digital Economy Bill concerns reforms to offences for copyright infringement and measures to simplify registering designs


Intellectual Property Factsheet

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Consultation on Penalties for Online Copyright Infringement

Consultation on Webmarking

Balance of Payments Consultation

Consultation on transitional arrangements following the repeal of Section 73 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988


Part 4 of the bill will:

  • increase the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement from two to ten years
  • create a new online design registration system, known as webmarking, making it easier for design owners to protect their rights
  • repeal legislation which provides that copyright in the broadcast of public service broadcaster channels is not infringed where the broadcast is retransmitted by cable
Published 5 July 2016