TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB
TalkTalk, the loudest voice behind most ISP's general disapproval of the proposals put forward in Labour's unloved Digital Economy Bill, has vowed to continue the fight against the bill, despite it becoming law in the Parliamentary wash-up period.
The Digital Economy Act 2010, as it's now known, includes the ability for content owners to demand that ISPs cut off their customers if they're caught downloading copyrighted material. However, opponents of the bill point out that disconnecting consumers is hardly likely to make them start buying things again, and that the most hardcore filesharers will just encrypt their connections instead for a nominal fee each month.
TalkTalk has said in a blog post: "After the election we will resume highlighting the substantial dangers inherent in the proposals and that the hoped for benefits in legitimate sales will not materialise as filesharers will simply switch to other undetectable methods to get content for free"
"In the meantime we stand by our pledges to our customers: Unless we are served with a court order we will never surrender a customer's details to rightsholders. We are the only major ISP to have taken this stance and we will maintain it. If we are instructed to disconnect an account due to alleged copyright infringement we will refuse to do so and tell the rightsholders we'll see them in court".
Meanwhile, the Minister for Digital Britain seems to be a little unclear about what the IP in IP address stands for...