The CEA has welcomed the passage through Parliament today of the Digital Economy Act, including provisions to tackle the problem of illegal file-sharing of music and film content.

Commenting on the Act, CEA Phil Clapp said:

“I join others representing the interests of hundreds of thousands of people working in the UK creative and media industries in welcoming the passage of this vital piece of legislation. I think that the bravery of politicians of all parties in backing these provisions – in the face of a concerted campaign of scare-mongering and disinformation by its opponents – should be recognised.

As those others have also said however, the hard work now really begins for all involved. Firstly in developing a Code of Practice with Ofcom and industry partners, but more importantly, in ensuring that efforts to make legitimate film content available online to consumers are redoubled.”

Further details on the passage of the Act and its various provisions can be found on the UK Parliament website.