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

Telekom Austria wins VimpelCom signalling contract Telekom Austria wins VimpelCom signalling contract Telekom Austria’s Wholesale arm has won a contract with VimpelCom to provide signalling services to its Amsterdam-based rival.  More detail
Telefónica Germany to axe 1,600 jobs following E-Plus merger Telefónica Germany to axe 1,600 jobs following E-Plus merger Telefónica Germany is to cut 1,600 jobs following the acquisition of E-Plus from KPN.  More detail
European Communications website gets a new look European Communications website gets a new look European Communications has refreshed its website and introduced new features as it looks to improve its coverage of the telecoms industry.  More detail
TeliaSonera to continue fibre investments in Europe as revenues rise TeliaSonera to continue fibre investments in Europe as revenues rise TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind said that the operator will continue to plough investment into its fibre rollout after announcing growth in Sweden and Europe in its third quarter results.  More detail
Internal reorganisation sees Telefónica refocus key big data project on transport Internal reorganisation sees Telefónica refocus key big data project on transport Telefónica is focusing on transport as a key vertical for its Smart Steps big data initiative following an internal reorganisation this year.  More detail
@eurocomms
eurocomms
.@TA_Group wins VimpelCom signalling contract: http://t.co/9xJSKCjo5E http://t.co/ILA1edszv6
eurocomms
RT @mobileeurope: . @huawei, @KPN and China Mobile hold first Europe-Asia VoLTE call http://t.co/E3QKZl445P http://t.co/5KOL9pMuos
eurocomms
Telefónica Germany to axe 1,600 jobs following E-Plus merger: http://t.co/zxTZY1rbrJ http://t.co/JDap5WWagK