There’s been another delay in the estimated launch date of the British government’s anti-piracy notifications campaign. Passed into law as part of the Digital Economy Act in 2010, the first notification letters won’t now be sent out by ISPs to customers accused of illegal filesharing until “the latter half of 2015” That’s a year after the 2014 date that the government was mooting just over a year ago (Bulletin, 25-Apr-12), and just the latest in a line of delays to the implementation of the scheme. Industry site ISPreview broke the news this week, quoting communications minister Ed Vaizey as saying “Subject to clearance, DCMS expects the first letters to be sent in the latter half of 2015”. This latest delay is a crucial one, since it pushes the start date for the notifications process beyond the 7 May 2015 date that’s been set for the next general election in the UK. In other words, before the first notification letters go out, there could be an entirely new government in place. Whether you agree or disagree with the DEA’s anti-piracy measures, you can probably agree that the process of implementing them has been a farce.

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