We mentioned back in December that BT and Talk Talk had been granted a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act.
Well today we’ve heard that the High Court has rejected most of the claims put forward by the ISPs, including that it was ‘rushed through’ Parliament before the election.
The Judge, Mr Justice Parker, did agree that the obligation on ISPs to cover 25% of the costs of enforcing the new regime was unlawful, but this will have little effect on the implementation of the Act in practice. As decision has only just been announced in the High Court we haven’t been able to get a copy of the judgment yet, but see here and here for more information about the ruling.
And don’t forgot of course that this still isn’t the end of the Digital Economy Act saga - Ofcom are currently in the process of reviewing whether the obligations on ISPs to block access to websites involved in copyright infringement are feasible, so there’s still more to come from this yet….