The British music industry got reason to cheer recently when Justice Kenneth Parker of the High Court rejected four arguments suggesting the nation’s Digital Economy Act could not stand because it was out of sync with European law; those arguments were unsuccessfully advanced by the Internet service providers BT and TalkTalk, the latter which is known to have customers who used their service with the company to perform acts of copyright infringement.
TalkTalk, in 2010, openly talked about its refusal to adhere to Britain’s digital laws, saying, “Unless we are served with a court order, we will never surrender a customer’s details to rights holders. We are the only major ISP to have taken this stance and we will maintain it. If we are instructed to disconnect an account due to alleged copyright infringement, we will refuse to do so and tell the rights holders we’ll see them in court.” The firm also balked at Section 3 of the DEA, which obliges ISPs to notify subscribers of possible copyright infringement.
The judge’s ruling keeps the DEA in place, which is good news for the music industry in its fight to stop Internet piracy.