BT and TalkTalk lose UK file-sharing appeal

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 07/03/2012 16:25

BT and TalkTalk have lost an appeal over controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online.

The internet service providers (ISPs) had argued the UK's Digital Economy Act was incompatible with EU law.

The Act will mean ISPs will have to send warning letters to alleged illegal file downloaders, as well as potentially cutting users off.

The creative industry argues that piracy costs £400m a year in lost revenue.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17270817

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