Danish government announces new anti-piracy strategy

By | Published on Friday 22 June 2012


The Danish government has developed a three-pronged strategy for combating online piracy, according to Torrentfreak, and despite having previously considered introducing a so called three-strikes system similar to that operating in France and in-development here in the UK, the government in Denmark will instead focus on introducing a more efficient system for blocking access to websites that primarily exist to infringe copyright.

As previously reported, the ‘three-strikes’ and ‘web-block’ systems are the two main methods being employed by governments to help rights owners protect their content online, with different countries generally prioritising one or the other, eg France three-strikes and Spain web-blocking. In the UK parliament voted to prioritise the former, though ironically, while the development of a British three-strikes is still ongoing, the latter has been achieved under existing copyright law in the courts.

While both three-strike and web-blocking systems have frequently been opposed by internet service providers around the world, according to Torrentfreak in Denmark the net companies have agreed to a proposed code, which would mean that if a rights owner successfully secures a web-block injunction against one ISP in relation to a copyright infringing website, all other signed-up net firms will also put a block in place against that site. Currently in Denmark (and here in the UK) a separate injunction would be required for each separate net provider.

The other elements of Denmark’s new copyright strategy are less draconian, with a planned ‘innovation forum’ to bring rights owners and digital firms together to discuss possible collaborations, and an education programme involving content owners, net providers and the country’s Consumer Council.