Feeds

BT, TalkTalk in court seeking axe for Digital Economy Act

Don't care to rat out lucrative customers

The essential guide to IT transformation

Two of the UK's largest internet service providers are appearing in the High Court later today to try to overturn the government's Digital Economy Act.

BT and TalkTalk say the Act is in breach of European privacy and human rights legislation. The law was passed during the fag-end days of the last government and saw little debate in Parliament.

The service providers object to playing the role of policeman to their own customers. They also have a vested interest in selling bandwidth.

The government and its supporters in this matter, which include Equity and the BPI, will claim file-sharing damages their markets or members.

The basis of enforcement of the Act – which necessitates identifying IP addresses as being associated with individual subscribers – has been questioned recently in court.

Swinish ambulance-chaser Andrew Crossley and ACS:Law have made at least £300,000 by sending letters to alleged infringers. But in February a judge said Crossley's tactics were questionable and that problems remained with linking an IP address to an individual subscriber.

The case is expected to last at least six weeks. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.