London – The U.K. High Court on Wednesday granted two ISPs’
request for a judicial review of provisions of the country’s Digital Economy
Act that deal with copyright infringement, according to published reports.

ISPs TalkTalk and BT filed their request for a review in July, arguing the law
was rushed through with insufficient scrutiny, and may run afoul of Europe’s
e-commerce directive.

They also argued the law unfairly targets only larger
ISPs with provisions that require them to disconnect repeat file-swappers.

"We are very pleased that the court has recognised that our concerns about
the copyright infringement provisions in the Digital Economy Act should be
considered in a full hearing," BT and TalkTalk said in a statement.

"It is important for everyone involved — copyright owners, consumers,
ISPs and institutions like libraries and universities — to have certainty on
the law before proceeding."


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