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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK ISPs Asking High Court to Review Digital Economy Act

UK ISPs Asking High Court to Review Digital Economy Act

UK ISPs Asking High Court to Review Digital Economy Act

Added: Monday, July 19th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Two of the largest UK Internet providers BT and TalkTalk asked the High Court to check whether the government passed Digital Economy Act into law without proper parliamentary procedures. They also claim that some of the proposed measures aimed at preventing unauthorized file-sharing could harm the civil rights and freedoms of UK citizens.

BT and TalkTalk are asking the UK’s High Court to confirm the legality of the controversial Act before it’s introduced in full. Service providers claim the Digital Economy Act was passed into law ignoring proper parliamentary procedures, because it was squeezed there in the ”wash-up” period, with all this hurry meaning it came as a law without proper examination and assessment of its impact.

As it was lively discussed before the Act became a law, the process that would have commonly taken weeks if not months of scrutiny was rushed through the Parliament within a 2-hour Commons debate with just 5% of MPs taking part. The opposition, presented by over 20,000 citizens who had written their MPs voicing their concern regarding the DEB and asking for proper consideration of the law effects, was largely ignored as well.

In addition to all above, the ISPs believe that the measures proposed by the law and aimed at preventing unauthorized file-sharing threaten the civil rights and freedoms of UK people. They are specifically concerned that obligations prescribed by the law may be incompatible with basic European rules designed to make sure that national legislation protects citizens’ privacy, restricts the role of service providers in controlling the network and maintains a single market.

The ISPs are particularly concerned that the Digital Economy Act may conflict with the European e-commerce directive. The latter states that broadband providers are just conduits of the content and therefore shouldn’t be held liable for any type of unauthorized activities committed by third parties.

The leading organization in protecting consumer rights, freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, the Open Rights Group has welcomed the ISP’s move, sharing their point of view that DEA shouldn’t have been squeezed in the last days of Parliament.

It is not clear yet what kind of decision the High Court will hand out, but the fact that somebody keeps fighting back against flawed law gives us a hope.

July 19th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, July 19th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-20 05:10:01)
spiritchaser5150 avatarFinally someone addressing the civil rights. Is my downloading anything more than using my computer like my dvr. I have Time Warner and there's really never anything on tv to watch. With my computer I get to go commercial free and watch what I choose. But I don't see it as being any different than my dvr.

posted by (2010-07-20 09:08:15)
D4T4 avatarThanks Sam, another great article. This will get watered down until it is almost ineffectual. I think the industry is very slowly getting the message that THEY need to change. The rest of the world won't stand for the bullcrap tactics they attempt in the USA. Eat your heart out Mandellson.

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