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£20 fee to appeal copyright infringement

Under revised plans designed to enforce the UK’s Digital Economy Act, internet users suspected of accessing or uploading illegally copied files will be sent letters from their internet service provider (ISP), informing them they are suspected of copyright infringement. If they subsequently decide to appeal against any allegations, they must do so within 20 days and are required to pay a £20 fee.

The existence of a fee has been criticised by campaign group Consumer Focus, whose chief executive Mike O’Connor said “Copyright infringement is not to be condoned, but people who are innocent should not have to pay a fee to challenge accusations. Twenty pounds may sound like a small sum, but it could deter those living on low-incomes from challenging unfair allegations.

If you are dealing with copyright issues, these downloadable Copyright Legal Documents are designed to assist individuals and businesses in managing and protecting their copyright.

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