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


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