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Publishers welcome Digital Economy Act ruling

21st April 2011

The Publishers Association (PA) has welcomed the High Court decision to throw out an appeal by internet service providers (ISPs) against the Digital Economy Act - which is designed to stop eBook piracy.

BT and TalkTalk led the offensive against the act, which passed through Parliament at the end of the last Labour government's time in office - in what is known as the wash-up period.

The ISPs claimed the act, which puts the onus on them to tackle illegal filesharing and eBook piracy, was approved by ministers before the last general election without undergoing adequate scrutiny.

However, the High Court threw out the firms' appeal, claiming that ISPs should support the government's effort to tackle online piracy.

Speaking to the Bookseller about the ruling, PA chief executive Richard Mollett said: 'We are delighted that the government has successfully won the judicial review and that BT and TalkTalk have failed to derail the implementation of the Digital Economy Act.'

TalkTalk, which openly criticised the Digital Economy Act before it achieved Royal Assent, said it would not cooperate with the government, even if the particulars of the act were supported by the judiciary.

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