Since so much noise has been made about the UK's brand new love-it-or-loathe-it Digital Economy Act 2010, the IPKat thought he should say a few words about it. This Act, which received the Royal Assent on 8 April, implements some chunks of the Digital Britain report (see earlier posts here, here, here and here). The Act is 60 pages long, but most of it does not specifically concern intellectual property. Other areas tackled include public service broadcasting and content, network infrastructure, mobile spectrum and digital safety.
It's probably safe to say that this is not one of the best-loved pieces of British intellectual property legislation. It has been criticised, among other things, for going too far in pandering to the demands of the copyright lobby, for not going nearly far enough, for ducking the issue of orphan works, for being rushed through without proper thought and for being poorly organised and arranged. There is no embodiment of a "three strikes and you're out" policy, another exampled of "damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't".