Telcos BT and TalkTalk have failed in their bid to force the government to make a stand against Big Content.
A judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act has decided that it is perfectly OK for the government to try to prop up the movie and music industry’s flaccid business model by cutting off filesharers.
BT and TalkTalk complained that the law infringed user’s “basic rights and freedoms” and received insufficient parliamentary attention.
It looks certain that thousands of warning letters to witches, er, illegal downloaders convicted by the studios using radical spectoral evidence techniques will go ahead in the first half of next year.
The ISPs said that they will appeal against the high court ruling. They said they are reviewing this long and complex judgement and considering their options. It might end up in the European Court of Justice.
Under the act, Big Content will collect data about people believed to be illegally downloading film and music from filesharing sites. ISPs will then have to match the rights holders’ data against their customer database and send warning letters to those accused. No evidence will have to be supplied, the word of Big Content is all that is required.
Repeat copyright infringers could have their internet access slowed or even blocked under secondary measures in the act.
If it does not work, and face it there are ways of gettting around this, we suspect that Big Content will lean on its tame puppets in government to bring in crucifixion for a first offence.
Our somewhat unreliable deep throat tells us that plans are to crucify filesharers every mile along the M4 with the scheme being extended to the M4 and M25 if P2P users do not buck their ideas up.