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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > British ISPs’ Appeal against Copyright Law Got Ditched

British ISPs’ Appeal against Copyright Law Got Ditched

British ISPs’ Appeal against Copyright Law Got Ditched

Added: Monday, March 12th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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For a while now a couple of the country’s largest Internet service providers (BT and TalkTalk) have been making attempts to fight against controversial copyright violation law, claiming that the UK’s Digital Economy Act comes into conflict with the laws of European Union.

British Digital Economy Act, if passed into law, would turn broadband providers into cyber police, forcing them to send notifications to suspected pirates, and even disconnect them from the web. At the same time, the entertainment industry keeps complaining that piracy caused loses of $670 million annually. The attorneys of both BT and TalkTalk emphasized the fact that harsher rules could endanger privacy rights and raise costs for the ISPs and their subscribers.

Nevertheless, the latest appeal of the ISPs was denied. TalkTalk said the company was disappointed that the appeal was unsuccessful, but it still welcomed the additional legal clarity that had been given to all parties. Despite the fact that TalkTalk has lost that appeal, it will keep fighting to defend their subscribers’ rights against that “ill-judged legislation”.

BT, in its turn, explained that it has been seeking clarification from the courts that the Digital Economy Act was consistent with EU law, and legally robust in the United Kingdom, so that anyone can be confident in how it is implemented. After the court has taken its decision, the company would look at the ruling carefully in order to understand its implications and consider its next steps.

Meanwhile, general secretary of the Actors’ union Equity asked the ISPs to stop fighting and “start obeying the law”, explaining that the court would always take the side of the almost 2,000,000 employees in the creative industries whose livelihoods are put at risk by digital piracy.

At the same time, the leader of the UK Pirate Party pointed out that there are no reasons to believe that the legislation in question will have any impact on unauthorized file-sharing. But this court decision still brings the draconian law another step closer. The latest study on a similar “three-strikes” law in France proved that there was no benefit for music sales. The matter is that threats to disconnect entire households from the Internet will be bad for everyone: the economy, the society, and for a creative nation as well.

March 12th,2012

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Date:  Monday, March 12th, 2012

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-03-12 22:57:03)
No avatarthats it the small guy being shot at a knife fight by the big boys with the money
what i can`t get my head round is they sell 20.000.000 copies of a song or dvd and they still own it?? how can that be ,, when i buy my sunday paper i read it it belongs to me and i give it to my son he reads it and he in turn gives it to my daughter it`s still my paper so what is the diffrence with a record or dvd are the judges and the MPs running scared of common sence

posted by (2012-03-13 04:24:26)
caztinx avatarI blame it on the music industry, lets face it if you dl a movie and you really like it you go buy,so the movie industry isn't losing out, but with music if you like it you think why should I pay £10 or more for it you only get 12 songs on most albums and it feels like your being ripped off by it, and lets face it who really wants to go out and buy an album by a "talent show" winner when in a few years time you dont hear anything of them again and think why did I buy that piece of crap album.

posted by (2012-03-23 01:49:54)
Disgruntled avatar....''the court would always take the side of the almost 2,000,000 employees in the creative industries''.... how can he be so sure of this,he hasnt paid for it by any chance? i can only assume he means providing that they are legally in the right of course and not just cause they're a majority..

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