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BT and Talk Talk lose appeal against DEA

06/03/2012

BT and Talk Talk lose appeal against DEA

High Court
High Court

Pact welcomes the news today that BT and Talk Talk have lost their appeal against the Digital Economy Act (DEA).

The companies asked three appeal judges to overturn a High Court ruling backing measures intended to curb illegal internet file-sharing, a practice that is costing the creative industries some £400 million a year.

The appeal judges ruled that High Court judge Mr Justice Kenneth Parker had reached the correct decision, and that his ruling in April 2011 was "soundly based" and there was no need to refer the case to the European Court of Justice for a final ruling.

John McVay, CEO of Pact, said: "Rather than needlessly spending more time and money on further legal challenges, BT and TalkTalk now need to focus on working with rights holders and the Government in implementing the Digital Economy Act with immediate effect."

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