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Court of Appeal upholds Digital Economy Act
06.03.12 | Charlotte Williams
The Publishers Association has said it is looking forward to working with internet service providers BT and TalkTalk and the government in implementing the Digital Economy Act, as the Court of Appeal this morning upheld the bill.
The Court of Appeal quashed BT and TalkTalk's argument that the act could limit users' rights. The act dictates that ISPs must send warning letters to alleged illegal file downloaders, and potentially cut users off if they do not comply.
PA c.e.o. Richard Mollet said: "Today's judgment should mean that once and for all BT and TalkTalk recognise that they have to work constructively with rightsholders to help deliver an effective and proportionate solution to online copyright infringement. We now look forward to working with them and government in implementing the act."
The move marks the end of a series of legal challenges launched by BT and TalkTalk against the Digital Economy Act, beginning in November 2010.