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BT and TalkTalk refused appeal against the Digital Economy Act
Tuesday 21 June 2011 20:21:20 by John Hunt

An appeal launched by broadband service providers BT and TalkTalk against their judicial review of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) has seen their application refused by Judge Sir Richard Buxton in the high court on Monday. The companies were looking to have this re-looked at as they still felt their grounds for the case were valid.

The judicial review ended in April when Justice Kenneth Parker ruled that the claims of BT and TalkTalk were not upheld. The two companies believed that the Digital Economy Act did not receive enough scrutiny when it was rushed through parliament at the end of the last Labour term in office. They also felt that it infringed upon the basic human rights of Internet users. The companies were granted a judicial review of the DEA based on three of their four claims in November 2010..

"We welcome the judge's decision and the court's recognition that measures in the Digital Economy Act are both lawful and proportionate.

"The government remains committed to tackling online piracy and so will set out the next steps for implementation of the Digital Economy Act shortly."

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, statement to

The two companies have also been ordered to pay 93% of the costs of the government's legal fees from the judicial review which is thought to be in the region of £100,000.


Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Mandelson meets a Russian oligarch at the expense Rothschild, then we get the DEA.

Web censorship here we come.
Posted by c_j_ over 5 years ago
What Mandelson and his fellow Bilderberg conference attendees want, Mandelson and his fellow Bilderbergers will get.
Posted by vm1990 over 5 years ago
if china fail to control piracy what the heck makes them think they can do it in the uk. i think they should look at it from the angle of if you cant control it then you can atleast monitor it, but no the goverment went for trying to control it which means pirates quicky adapt like the stats from a few months ago P2P sharing is fallen not because of goverment stupid ass rules but because pirates have adapted. your doing something really wrong if 2 of the biggest companys in the UK complain.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
If they start censoring the net to death it will lead to its death, and alot of isp's will perish along with it,as i for one can do without it,and if was being dictated to by mongrelscum &co deciding what i can or can't do on the net, i certainly would not be paying for any Internet service of that kind, & i seriously doubt that i will be the only one, today piracy is the excuse what will it be tomorrow and where will it end?
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
What a joke, everyone knows it was a knee jerk act with no thought, even more know it will fail
Posted by Talk1968 over 5 years ago
Censorship will just lead to more of us using proxy servers and installing software on our computers to get around it, you cannot control the net and their attempts are foolish and doomed.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Without the internet we'd be left with the corporate media.

Our freedom rests upon the internet.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
So now we await Mr Cameron's speech to the ISP's "You do the censoring, I'll do the talking!"
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago

That's probably why they want control of it, so eventually they can use it as they want, even trying to sell us parts of it,

Why should we have to use vpn's /proxies a real protest against this bs may do far more,

Well so much for the lib dems being against this, but we all know they are wimps and just there so the cam moron can play p.m

Posted by otester over 5 years ago

As shown previously, protests do nothing, even when millions are involved.

Nothing short of a revolution will fix this country (and all the others).
Posted by Tox-Laximus over 5 years ago
lol drama queens, you do know BT and the other isp's are gonna use their call center personal when dealing with downloaders.

The poor dea won't know if they are coming or going.
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
like the bank court case on overdraft charges this has proven the courts are not fit for purpose on civil law.
Posted by Dixinormous over 5 years ago
Awful lot in the DEA to have concerns about. If it is merely used to deal with people who can't help themselves but habitually break copyright then fine, however there is a lot of fuzzy language and a lot of grey areas that are potentially overly authoritarian. Hopefully when it comes to implementing the provisions cooler and wiser heads will prevail.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
But what does it all mean in the end?

ISP's passing the overheads of DEA onto the customer and the people that really want to continue to break copyright... continue to break copyright.
Posted by Dixinormous over 5 years ago
otester - given you obessively come on here and comment pretty much every article relating to bandwidth on how much you could download on Usenet with xxx Mbit it's pretty clear your concern over the DEA, you may actually have to start paying for content instead of having other people pay for its production and you help yourself. If you want to fix something fix your own morals, stop pirating and reward those who produce content you want by paying for it.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

CDPA/DEA and other legislation alike amounts to censorship/restriction of information, that does concern me.

If something is value for money and the company is ethical, I will give them my money as a show of support, not for the product itself.

Whether something is available for free or not is irrelevant.
Posted by bogwart over 5 years ago
This Mandybill is one of the most patronising pieces of hack legislation seen here. Labour really did think, just as today's bunch think, that they can grab us by the gonads and squeeze until the pips break. This whole issue is deserving of justice, not a quick glance by some judge with an agenda.
Posted by sloworient over 5 years ago
a judge has gota do as he is told by his political masters
Posted by authoriseduser545 over 5 years ago
It wasn't just the Russian oligarch that Mandelson met with on Rothschild's boat/island, DAVID GEFFEN was also there, and it was GEFFEN who asked his fellow Jews to stop p2p in Britain. Mandelson, being a fellow Jew, wanted to please Geffen.

The biggest winners in this will not be British artists (their songs will continue to be pirated in the rest of the world) - it is Hollywood interests that will benefit the most, i.e. American movie studios, not the British entertainment industry.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Just like with the council tax ruling, the tax is illegal constitutionally yet judges tow the government line, there was a video of a civil arrest of a judge (who just made an illegal ruling), police helped the judge, few protesters got arrested, government got the video blocked on YouTube, only non-UK citizens can view it.


Don't make the mistake Hitler made of thinking the elite was just a Jewish thing, elite is made up from a mixed pool of ****s.
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