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BT and TalkTalk lose legal appeal over plans to curb file-sharing

ISPs could be forced to send letter to users of file-sharing websites. Picture: Dan Phillips

ISPs could be forced to send letter to users of file-sharing websites. Picture: Dan Phillips

BT and TalkTalk have lost their high-profile Court of Appeal challenge against Government plans to tackle copyright infringement online.

They asked three appeal judges to overturn a High Court ruling backing controversial measures intended to curb illegal internet file-sharing.

The creative industries estimate the practice is costing them some £400 million a year, especially with regard to films, music and books.

BT and TalkTalk, which are two of the UK’s largest internet service providers (ISPs), say the proposed measures are incompatible with EU law.

Their lawyers also argued at an appeal court hearing in January that the measures would result in an invasion of privacy and run up disproportionate costs for ISPs and consumers.

Today, Lady Justice Arden, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Patten, disagreed and dismissed their appeal.

High Court judge Mr Justice Kenneth Parker rejected the challenge in April last year.

Today, the appeal judges ruled that he had reached the correct decision, his ruling was “soundly based” and there was no need to refer the case to the European Court of Justice for a final ruling.

 

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