ISPs lose DEA challenge

UK internet service providers BT and TalkTalk have lost their challenge against the Government’s Digital Economy Act.

The pair had been arguing that some of the legislation contained in the DEA had been rushed and was unlawfully restrictive in regard to the obligations it places on ISPs to report users suspected of sharing copyrighted material online.

However, the argument that the laws would "impact on the piracy and freedom of expression rights of UK consumers" has been rejected, with the judge deciding instead that the restrictions are needed to protect ISP, copyright and consumer rights.

We are pleased that the Court has recognised these measures as both lawful and proportionate," the Department of Culture, Media and Sport told MCV. "The Government remains committed to tackling online piracy and so will set out the next steps for implementation of the Digital Economy Act shortly.”

Speaking to TechRadar, BT responded: "We are disappointed with the outcome of the Judicial Review. We are reviewing this long and complex judgement. Protecting our customers is our number one priority and we will consider our options once we have fully understood the implications for our customers and businesses.

"This was always about seeking clarity on certain points of law and we have to consider whether this judgement achieves these aims."

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