IT Support News: BT and Talk Talk lose file-sharing appeal

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Internet Piracy vs Customer Privacy: BT and Talk Talk lose the battle to defend their customers.

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Internet Service Provider ISP British Telecom BT Losing the battle in the court room

The big ISP’s fighting for their customers privacy in the court room, lose the battle.

It was revealed yesterday that BT and Talk Talk have lost their appeal over the controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online.

British Telecom and Talk Talk were fighting the UK’s new Digital Economey Act (DEA) which is aimed at tackling paricy online.

The internet service providers (ISPs) argued that the new act is incompatible with EU law.

The ISPs will now be forced to send warning letters to those suspected of downloading copyrighted content from the internet, as well as potentially cutting users off.

The Music and Film industries argue that internet piracy costs over £400 million a year in lost revenue.

BT and Talk Talk have both stated that these stricter measures could mean an invasion of public privacy and raised costs to both the ISP and it’s users.

“Though we have lost this appeal, we will continue fighting to defend our customers’ rights against this ill-judged legislation.”

A spokesman for BT said: “We have been seeking clarification from the courts that the DEA is consistent with European law, and legally robust in the UK, so that everyone can be confident in how it is implemented.”

“Now that the court has made its decision, we will look at the judgment carefully to understand its implications and consider our next steps.”