Two of leading UK’s internet service providers, BT and TalkTalk, have lost their bid to stop the controversial Digital Economy Act from surfacing.
It was the second time the representatives of the industry tried to stop the DEA from getting the green light. Meanwhile, politicians were voicing their views that the Act should be applied as soon as possible.
According to TalkTalk and BT, the DEA was not compatible with EU laws – an argument the firms used when appealing the court’s first decision.
As a quick reminder, the Act will see that all illegal downloaders are chased down with letters threatening them that their connection will be cut off if they don’t stop taking content from unlawful sources.
According to the stats revealed by the creative industry, it is losing out as much as £400m due to users uploading and downloading files illegally.
The BBC reported the General Secretary of the Actors’ Union Equity, Christine Payne, as commenting that broadband providers should stop resisting and “start obeying the law”:
“Once again the court is on the side of the almost two million workers in the creative industries whose livelihoods are put at risk because creative content is stolen on a daily basis.”