Copyright: Internet

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Louise Mensch Louise Mensch Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to reduce the incidence of illegal online downloads of digital media.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The Digital Economy Act (2010) contained provisions to help tackle unlawful file-sharing of digital content. Ofcom's initial obligations code, heralded by the Act, will shortly be published and is due to come into effect at the beginning of April 2011. Furthermore, the Department continues to liaise with representatives of the digital content industry, internet service providers and intermediaries to investigate further possible action which could appropriately be taken by industry itself to reduce unlawful online file sharing and promote legitimate digital content.

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