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Digital Economy Act Debate To Be Held In January

The Federation Against Software Theft : 15 December, 2010  (Company News)
FAST is meeting in the House Of Commons in January for its Legal Advisory Group to debate the future of the Digital Economy Act
FLAG, the Federation Against Software Theft's (FAST) Legal Advisory Group, has organised a unique event at the House of Commons on January 12th 2011 to discuss hot topics including the future of the Digital Economy Act.

The event will be a special opportunity to hear from Eric Joyce, founding MP of the Digital Economy All Party Parliamentary Group, who will be explaining the remit of the DEAPPG and its anticipated goals. The event will also provide a platform for discussion on the future of the Act itself considering the debate.

FAST General Counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins comments: "The specialist legal knowledge that FLAG has built up on digital issues and copyright will enable valuable insight into those who are considering the rights and wrongs of the Act. Considering the profile of the Digital Economy Act Parliamentary Party Group, we anticipate involving our lawyers in the thought processes to link with the debate."

FLAG was established shortly after FAST was founded in 1984, and consists of lawyers from many of the UK's leading firms with Intellectual Property practices. FLAG meets several times a year to receive presentations on pertinent topics and review legal developments affecting the software industry.

The event will also give some insight into recent issues affecting copyright law; such as considerations of the US file sharing platform Lime Wire on personal liability, and also the limitations affecting software publishers trying to understand the extent of copyright scope, since the recent decision in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd [2010] EWHC 1829 (Ch).

Speakers include:

Eric Joyce, MP - Eric Joyce is a founding MP of the Digital Economy All Party Parliamentary Group (DEAPPG).
Eric will explain the remit of the DEAPPG its anticipated activity and goals. Questions are encouraged.

Frank Jennings, Partner at law firm, DMH Stallard - Frank will provide insight into aspects of the recent US decision on file sharing platform Lime Wire's and its owners found personally liable for copyright infringement.

Simon Malynicz, Barrister - Simon will be making a presentation on the limitation of copyright protection for software (the decision in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd [2010] EWHC 1829 (Ch)). Copyright in a software program; its limitations of protection (programming languages, interfaces or functionality). Important questions referred to the ECJ. Why the eventual outcome is of interest to the software industry and those commissioning and licensing software.
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