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
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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