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Gaming surpasses film in 2009

Despite the British cinema industry enjoying its best 12 months in almost 30 years, the UK public spent around half a billion pounds more on gaming than it did movies in the year ending September 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper pens the total amount spent at 1.73bn …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: Broadband tax on the way

All people who have a copper telephone landline will soon see an additional 50p added to their monthly bills following the government’s announcement of a 6 per year charge that will fund Britain’s future superfast broadband network. Parliament has stated that its intention is for every UK household to have …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: Pressure mounts on file-sharers

Regulating body Ofcom is to be given the power to demand that ISPs hand over account information concerning people who persist is sharing files over the internet. ISPs will also be required to inform users that their inappropriate activity must cease, and will be encouraged to cut the connections of …

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NEWS ROUNDUP: Government backs PEGI

The Government has heralded a new future for UK video games classification – with PEGI becoming the sole age ratings model in the region. Here’s a run down of all of the coverage on MCV to date: PEGI wins government backingGovernment’s new games classification model reduces BBFC’s powers as pan-European …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: BBFC upbeat despite ratings snub

The British Board of Film Classification has publicly wished rival ratings body PEGI well after the latter organisation was given official public backing as part of the government’s Digital Britain report – but director David Cooke still believes his outfit would have been the better choice. The BBFC has always …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: PEGI praises ‘effective system’

Established European ratings body PEGI has understandably spoken of its confidence in the role it will now play in policing the nation’s gaming habits following the official government backing sanctioned as part of the Digital Britain report. This decision by the British government to adopt PEGI as the single ratings …

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DIGITAL BRITAIN: ELSPA backs Government decision

Mike Rawlinson, the director general of games industry body ELSPA, has welcomed the government’s decision to back PEGI as the sole age ratings system for video games sold in the UK. The Government has made absolutely the right decision for child safety,” Rawlinson said in a statement. By choosing PEGI …

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7m Brits download illegally

The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property claims that seven million UK residents have illegally downloaded files from the internet in the last 12 months, with the cumulative value of the stolen material estimated to be 120bn. It adds that 1.3m people use a file-sharing network at least once a …

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