UK Anti-Piracy Outfit Displeased by Reviewing Copyright LawAdded: Saturday, November 20th, 2010
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FAST, the UK’s Federation Against Software Theft, said that it’s simply staggering that the ISPs finally managed to challenge the Digital Economy Act after many years of debate, consultation, and of Parliamentary time. Besides, the organization says that the service providers are currently using the Act’s review as a fig-leaf for the agendas of the broadband providers themselves. Finally, FAST suspects it is just an attempt of the ISPs to make sure they wouldn’t be hit financially.
The Federation Against Software Theft was quick to announce its displeasure of the fact that Justice Wyn Williams had granted a demand by the country’s 2 most largest ISPs for a judicial review of the highly discussed Digital Economy Act (DEA). The company is pointing out that the true issue there isn’t that the law had peen hurried through the Parliament very quickly in the “wash-up” period, but the one that the broadband providers were trying to exploit the fact as their fig-leaf for the problems of their own.
The country’s largest service providers BT and TalkTalk believe the Digital Economy Act was passed into legislation without following the proper procedures inside the government. Instead, they were sure that the law was hurried through the Parliament in the ”wash-up” period, which meant that the Bill became a law without facing correct scrutiny. Finally, all this could lead to the situation where the real impact of the law was not assessed properly.
Although the entire legislative scrutiny of the Act resulted in being squeezed into a 2-hour debate with a few MPs participating, FAST is still calling the latest government decision to review the law simply staggering. They don’t believe that the law, which was supposed to appear out of long years of debate, consultation, and Parliamentary time, is currently being challenged by the Internet Service Providers in order to ensure they won’t get hit financially.
In fact, the anti-piracy outfit is wrong about the ISP’s fear of losing money. Actually, any costs associated with bringing the DEA into the action are supposed to be passed on to ordinary users, arising as a mere result of govt action. That’s why the ISPs like TalkTalk asked for a review of the law – they realized that after the government decided to split the costs 3:1 with the share of broadband providers, it will be the ISP’s subscribers will have to pay for the costs of the entertainment industry to enact their own copyright.
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