Ed Vaizey Criticises BT For Opposing Digital Economy Act

UK communications minister Ed Vaizey has criticised BT for opposing the Digital Economy Act instead of coming up with ways to curb piracy.

Vaizey said that it would good for everyone if BT focused on dishing out a new music service to battle piracy instead of fighting government legislation.

“The attitude of the ISPs is quite odd. BT has spent so much time litigating against an act of parliament and fallen at every hurdle, which is a great endorsement of the work officials did in putting the Act together,” he said during a conference.

BT and TalkTalk had filed a request in the courts to re-appeal the Digital Economy Act, claiming that it was passed into law without due consideration and debate. Last month, their legal campaign came to an end after the court decided to cancel their request for a re-appeal of the controversial act.

Vaizey has been trying to bring internet service providers and the media industry to work together for battling digital piracy. He is encouraging new services that give people a chance to access online media legitimately.

The government is also bent upon reconstructing Britain’s archaic intellectual property law and install a robust licensing system that is healthy for the digital economy.