Peter Mandelson is appearing today at the C&binet event. His speech sets out the Government’s intention to put in place a fair and thorough process involving warnings to suspected illicit file sharers, and technical measures to back this up if needed – including account suspension. He also stresses that only persistent rule breakers would be affected.
This of course comes at the end of the consultation period.
Peter Mandelson’s speech acknowledges that the issue has invited strong reactions, and calls for a long term solution in which legislation and enforcement play their part alongside a market which allows consumers to find the deals they want. Education of consumers and new business models are, he argues, equally important.
Alongside proposals on filesharing, the Secretary of State is setting out the case for a modernised copyright regime to reflect the ways people want to use music which don’t damage the sustainability of the music industry, such as format shift and mash-ups. The © The Way Ahead strategy sets out proposals to simplify copyright laws across Europe and beyond.
Update: press release now here.