ELSPA draft changes to copyright enforcement bill



Tina Milton

The European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), a computer games industry watchdog, has joined forces with other...



Tina Milton

The European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), a computer games industry watchdog, has joined forces with other enforcement agencies to draft a bill for the amendment of UK copyright laws.

It hopes to close some of the loopholes that exist within the judiciary system with respect to copyright infringement. It is estimated that over £3 billion is lost every year by the UK industry to software piracy.

Terry Anslow, chief inspector for the ELSPA crime unit said, "Under the current system enforcement agencies are hindered at many of the steps in the process of catching and prosecuting the counterfeit criminals. Having worked closely with these other agencies I know, should the bill be passed, officers will be better able to catch these criminals and ensure they receive the correct punishment for their crime."

The bill received its first reading in the House of Lords during January this year. The second reading is due to take place at the House of Lords on March 17, and will be presented by Lord Tom McNally.

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