Thursday, April 21, 2011

High Court Backs Internet Piracy Clampdown

Broadband providers will be forced to police the internet for music and film piracy after the High Court rejected an attempt to block new copyright enforcement laws.

Claims by BT and TalkTalk that the Digital Economy Act (DEA) was unlawful were dismissed today, except around the relatively minor issue of how the costs of enforcing it will be shared between ISPs and copyright holders.

It is now almost certain that a regime of written warnings for internet users accused of copyright infringement will be introduced next year. The Act also includes allows for technical measures such as speed restrictions to be used against those who ignore the warnings.


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