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Digital Networks Enforcement and Education 

We support cost-effective approaches to reducing access to illegal online content and peer-to-peer file-sharing activity. We believe a well-functioning digital music marketplace is dependent on a range of Government policies and legislation such as the Digital Economy Act, site blocking measures, voluntary agreements to reduce revenue to sites, and other regulatory policies, such as net neutrality. All of these are important components in the development of a legal market place.

We aim to minimise the effect of illegal use of our members’ works in both physical and online form and support and enhance income streams to our members. Our Anti-Piracy Unit (APU) provides a rights enforcement service to our members.

Our key priorities:

Incentivising co-operation

We believe there needs to be incentives for intermediaries and rightsholders to co-operate to build valuable networks and reduce piracy.

The E-commerce Directive

The Electronic Commerce Directive was adopted by the European Commission in 2000 and covers music services. It set up an internal market framework for e-commerce, which provides legal certainty for business and consumers alike. It establishes harmonised rules on issues such as the transparency and information requirements for online service providers, commercial communications, electronic contracts and limitations of liability of intermediary service providers.

We seek clarification of the E-Commerce Directive’s key provisions to gain consistency of legal interpretation.

Net neutrality

Net neutrality is a principle that advocates no restrictions on the internet by governments or internet service providers (ISPs) on consumers' access to content, sites, platforms, types of equipment or modes of communication on the internet.

Consumer education – traffic lights

We believe consumers should be alerted before they access a site hosting illegal content or download a track illegally, making it easier for them to distinguish between legal and illegal content. We propose a traffic lights system to help them make that choice. Traffic lights forms part of the range of measures that can help to reduce online infringement.

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