Last month the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee kicked off an Inquiry into Intellectual Property Rights. The Committee was particularly interested in discussing the implementation and effects of the Digital Economy Act (DEA). The Inquiry was intended to look at
- Whether the new framework has captured the right balance between supporting creative work online and the rights of subscribers and ISPs.
- Whether the notification process is fair and proportionate.
- The extent to which the associated costs might hinder the operation of the Act.
- At what point, if at all, consideration should be given to introducing the additional technical measures allowed for under the Act.
- Intellectual Property and barriers to new internet-based business models, including information access, the costs of obtaining permissions from existing rights-holders, and “fair use.”
The deadline for responses was Wednesday, January 5. DCMS has today announced that it will not hold any evidence sessions in public until judicial review proceedings surrounding the DEA are concluded (March-April 2011). The Committee has also extended the deadline for the submission of written evidence to 23 March 2011.
I does sound as if we are not going to hear back from this Inquiry until MPs go on their summer holidays (2011). If BT and Talk Talk are successful with their Judicial Review then at least this Inquiry would be a good preparation for a DEAct 2.0.