Premier League teams up to take on ISPs in Digital Economy Act row

The Digital Economy Act - you remember that, right? (it caused quite a fuss when it was introduced last year)?

Well, it looks as if the fuss is set to return as the Premier League has teamed up with eight other organisations including the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (Pact), the Motion Picture Association and the BPI to see off a legal challenge against the Act by ISPs.

BT and TalkTalk are the ISPs in question, as they were granted a judicial review back in November 2010 after stating that the Act had received "insufficient scrutiny" and had the potential to "harm citizens and impact both businesses".

The companies questioned whether the provisions were proportionate, complied with EU law on ISP liability and respected personal privacy laws.

And now rights holders such as those mentioned, along with the trade unions Equity, Bectu and the Musicians' Union, the British Video Association and the Film Distributors' Association, have have been given permission by the High Court to defend the Act's provisions for policing internet piracy.

John McVay, chief executive of Pact described BT and TalkTalk's legal challenge as "misconceived case".

"The act can help repair the damage that illegal downloading causes to the UK creative industry and reduce the threat to the hundreds of thousands of jobs that the creative companies supports," he said.

"The DEA is the result of many years of consultation and presents a reasonable and balanced solution."

So it's football, movies, music, TV and video in one corner and a couple of ISPs (and a few million disgruntled web surfers) in the other. It will be fascinating to see how this one pans out.

Where do you guys stand on the whole DEA issue? Do you illegally download? Or is your digital collection all perfectly legit? Give us your thoughts on the subject below.



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