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Parliament passes Digital Economy bill

Good news, PEGI. Bad luck, pirates.

The controversial Digital Economy bill has made it through Parliamentary wash-up - the period after a General Election is called but before the dissolution of Parliament.

That means it will become UK law, following a voting majority of 142 in the House of Commons late last night.

The bill, which has angered a lot of MPs because of the way it's been rushed through the system at the last minute, includes a host of TV and internet-related measures. It also features new anti-piracy controls and the adoption of the PEGI ratings system.

The news means the industry can now start gearing up for the change, which will include an education campaign for parents and new symbols appearing on game boxes.