BT and TalkTalk lose file-share bid

Three Court of Appeal judges have rejected an appeal by UK communication giants BT and TalkTalk over Government measures aimed at stopping illegal file-sharing on the internet.

The two internet service providers (ISPs) argued that the plans went against European Union law, but Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Richards and Lord Justice Patten disagreed with their latest legal challenge. They said that the case need not be referred on to the European Court of Justice.

Authors, musicians, film-makers and others working in similar creative fields have claimed that the illegal sharing of files on the internet costs them about £400 million every year.

But the ISPs warned that the Government moves raise fears about the rights to privacy for consumers, and could create unfair costs for companies.

The three appeal judges said an earlier ruling made by High Court judge Mr Justice Kenneth Parker had been "sound".

More News

UK telcos could be forced to shell out £185 million for poor service under Ofcom plans UK telcos could be forced to shell out £185 million for poor service under Ofcom plans Telecoms customers in the UK who experience poor landline or broadband service could be subject to automatic compensation under new proposals made by regulator Ofcom. More detail
eir loses CCO, appoints new CITO eir loses CCO, appoints new CITO Jon Florsheim has quit as Chief Commercial Officer of eir, the Ireland-based operator has revealed. More detail
Telefónica wins five-year Ferrovial comms deal Telefónica wins five-year Ferrovial comms deal Telefónica will supply infrastructure company Ferrovial with a range of communications services after winning a five-year deal. More detail
Virgin Media makes 100MBps standard for all UK broadband customers Virgin Media makes 100MBps standard for all UK broadband customers Virgin Media has revamped its bundles and made broadband speeds of 100MBps the minimum that customers will receive. More detail
BT reveals Michelin, Co-op contract wins BT reveals Michelin, Co-op contract wins BT has won deals to supply a range of services to Michelin and the Co-operative Group, it has revealed. More detail
    

@eurocomms