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
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."
(DMW previous coverage)