Talktalk and BT have been shot down in High Court, losing their legal appeal against legislation passed by the labour government as part of the Digital Economy Act.
This was the latest effort by both firms to avoid having to cut off their users from the Internet if they are found to have taken part in piracy despite several warnings. This was a key piece of legislation that was rushed through both the House of Commons and House of Lords before the last changing of the governmental guard. BT and TalkTalk argued that the measures were not in line with EU law but according to the High Court, they are.
Keeping its comments professional, a Talk Talk spokesperson said: "We're disappointed that our appeal was unsuccessful though we welcome the additional legal clarity that has been provided for all parties." However, it pledged to continue appealing in an effort to "defend our customers' rights against this ill-judged legislation."
BT had less to say, merely stating that it would consider this outcome before deciding on any further measures to take.
Of course not everyone was so upset by this ruling, organisations representing movie studios and copyright holders - though we know from the rap released by Dan Bull and co that they don't represent everyone - being the most pleased. The British Video Association (BVA) was quite chuffed: "The BVA is delighted that the Government can now press on with implementation of notice-sending under the 2010 Digital Economy Act," a spokesman said.
According to the Telegraph, the Open Rights Group has petitioned the government to review the entire legislation. This might be possible considering it was Labour that implemented it, but expecting anything much from politicians is a difficult thing to ask for.