UKIE concern over Digital Economy Act review

2 February 2011 - London, United Kingdom – Video games and interactive entertainment trade body, UKIE, expresses concern over yesterday’s announcement that the UK Government has asked Ofcom to assess whether the Digital Economy Act’s reserve powers, to enable courts to block websites dedicated to copyright infringement, could work.

UKIE Director General, Michael Rawlinson said: ”UKIE was concerned to learn that the Government has asked Ofcom to review section 17 and 18 of the Digital Economy Act, which would allow the blocking of websites dedicated to copyright infringement, subject to secondary legislation introduced by the Secretary of State.”

“UKIE supports the Digital Economy Act and the measures contained within it that are designed to help the industry tackle intellectual property theft. At a time when Government and industry need to work together to ensure the Act is a success, UKIE urges the Government to recognise that the proposed measures to prevent access to illegal websites are an important tool that will help to protect British businesses from online copyright infringement now and in the future.”

“UKIE will be responding to OFCOM’s review to ensure that the interactive entertainment’s position is made clear.”

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About UKIE
The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or UKIE is a trade body that represents the whole of the UK’s video games and wider interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 (and formerly known as ELSPA), UKIE’s membership includes games publishers, developers and the academic institutions that support the industry.

UKIE works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, tax incentives and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.

One of UKIE’s key roles is to support its members by providing them with key market information, promoting careers and offering the business support services, training and best-practice knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.

In addition, UKIE works with GfK Chart-Track to compile weekly, monthly and annual retail charts and sales reports for the UK market.