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Digital Economy Act review ends in loss for ISPs

The judicial review into the requirements of the Digital Economy Act, brought by ISPs including BT following complaints that the requirements of the Act would place undue and unfair pressure on connection providers, has ended in failure.

The court has dismissed all complaints against the act save one, which sees ISPs freed from the requirement to pay 25 per cent of the costs of organising a governing body to oversee requests from those who seek to use the Digital Economy Act to tackle alleged copyright infringement using an ISP's connection.

While the parties involved are still mulling over the ruling, one ISP involved in has declared that it is 'disappointed' in the ruling. "We will continue fighting to defend customers' rights," a spokesperson for TalkTalk confirmed - explaining that an appeal against the ruling is not off the cards.

The British Phonographic Industry, one of the groups fighting for - rather than against - the Digital Economy Act has, for obvious reasons, a different take on the ruling. "This judgement gives the green light for action to tackle illegal downloading in the UK," a spokesperson told thinq_ following the court's announcement, before asking ISPs like BT and TalkTalk to cease their efforts against the Act and "work constructively" with rights holders on fighting copyright infringement.

A spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport has declared the court's ruling a victory. "We are pleased that the court has recognised these measures as both lawful and proportionate," the Department's spokesperson claimed, referring to the complaints raised by ISPs on exactly those issues.

Thus far, there has been no official announcement of an appeal against the ruling - but with ISPs still seeing the terms of the Act as being disproportionate and expensive to implement, one is almost certain to be announced in the coming days.