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BT & TalkTalk Appeal Digital Economy Act

Gordon Kelly


BT & TalkTalk Appeal Digital Economy Act

Now this can only be a good thing...

BT & TalkTalk have made a joint announcement today seeking a judicial review to challenge the Digital Economy Act.

"The two companies believe that provisions in the Act, aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement, received insufficient scrutiny before being rushed through into law at the tail end of the last Parliament," said the release. "As well as having procedural concerns, BT and TalkTalk believe the measures proposed to try to prevent online copyright infringement could harm citizens as well as impact both businesses. As a result, they are seeking clarity from the Court before they and others are asked to implement the Act."

How the government will react remains to be seen, but there is still time to step in since the Digital Economy Act will not be enforced until January 2011. BT & TalkTalk will also hope that Coalition government deputy prime minister and Liberal leader Nick Clegg will stand true to the concerns he voiced about the Act in the run up to election.

The Digital Economy Bill was passed in farcical circumstances with less than 20 MPs debating it during the so-called 'Wash Up' period at the end of the last government. 236 MPs shuffled through the House to give their votes after not attending the debate with 189 in favour, 47 against. The House of Commons holds 646 MPs.

Link: Digital Economy Act 2010


July 8, 2010, 7:50 pm

If only those bloody Sinn Fein MPs would take their seat and prioritise digital copyright legislation, we could have defeated this thing!


July 8, 2010, 8:39 pm

Less than 20 MP's debating the Bill restores my faith in the British Politics! The other 446 should be sacked on the spot. Disgraceful disregard for those citizens who they are supposed to "serve". How can they vote when they've not cared to hear the arguments for or against the Bill?


July 8, 2010, 9:20 pm

@GoldenGuy, I feel your pain. I'm from N.I. and I voted for the guy who wasn't Sinn Fein . Unfrotunetly many people in my area think its ok to vote for for Sinn Feinn in order 'not' to be represented. Grrrr

@HDRE, I heard the most diturbing reason why so few MPs turn up to vote. They reach an understanding with someone who would vote opposingly to themselves and agree their votes cancel one another out. It's outrageous that after all the expenses crap, our representation is getting paid to agree to null voting practices. Clearly the meager principle of democracy is not enough to get them to London.

But thats who we vote for as a country. It's time someone from TR runs for an MP post :)


July 8, 2010, 9:29 pm

@Scump I think I'd make a diligent and rant-free MP *cough*


July 8, 2010, 9:42 pm

A technophile MP...now there's a thought ;-)

And yes, I'd vote for you Gordon!


July 8, 2010, 10:08 pm

With that number of no-shows, and the massive turnover of MPs after the recent election, people need to let their representatives know their opinions! I for one have a new MP, and if this is raised again in Parliament will get in touch with him to let him know how i feel about this issue.


July 8, 2010, 10:17 pm

Good to see the ISPs are on side at least!

Personally I couldn't care less about how many voted but I do care about how either voted or cancled each other out. I think the cancel out rule in theory maximises efficiency as that extra time can then be used to do an extra surgery or something else. Whether or not this actually happens is an argument for another day. MPs could be lazy or could be making the best use of their time - who knows.


July 8, 2010, 10:56 pm

@Gordon If you have enough material left over, can you make me one too?

Don Kanonjii

July 9, 2010, 1:35 am

Well done BT & Talk Talk, now just push hard, get others on your side and make a big fuss and dont back down.


July 9, 2010, 1:44 am

The main problem is also the number of MP's. Compare the 650 with any other major western democracy - it's ridiculous.


July 9, 2010, 1:58 am

The fact that in this day and age they have to go to the Commons to vote is a scandal in itself. The first thing a Digital Economy Act should have on its agenda is a brief to strip away needless travel on things like this.


July 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

I don't know if this works, but this website: http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/ seems to have been set up by Lib Dem Leader (now deputy Prime Minister)Nick Clegg to get people involved in politics. There is thankfully an entry for the Digital Economy Act, which as we all know needs repealing. Please head on over and vote in favour of this: http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov....

(to the moderator)

Do I need to add the HTML to make those links work, or will they work as they are?

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