Digital Economy Act gets the go-ahead

Katie Morhen, 12 Mar 2012 15:01

Introduction of the Digital Economy Act is set to go forward despite opposition posed by two leading communication providers.

The Publishers Association recently revealed it was looking forward to working alongside BT and Talk Talk to implement the legislation after it was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

According to theBookseller.com, the two communication providers objected to the bill on the grounds that it restricted users’ rights.

The act says that ISPs must send warning letters to users allegedly downloading illegal files who could be cut off from if they do not cooperate.

Chief executive of The Publishers Association Richard Mollett said: “Today’s judgement should mean that once and for all BT and Talk Talk recognise that they have to work constructively with rights holders to help deliver an effective and proportionate solution to online copyright infringement.”

This legislation is likely to affect the e-reader market, with sales of the digital device totalling around 1.4 million over the Christmas period in 2011.

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