The latest ruling clearly shuts another door for BT and Talk Talk and should be seen as a victory for the entertainment and music industry, and those in favour of tackling internet piracy robustly. The judgment could also have political implications. It might force the current UK Government to make a decision: does it fully support the hugely unpopular Digital Economy Act?
One the most criticised aspects of the Act is that, under the Digital Economy Act, ISPs are forced to send warning letters to users who have allegedly downloaded illegal files. If warnings are ignored, ISPs will potentially cut users off. With the latest ruling, the prospect of providers sending letters has come one step closer. According to one of our editorial board members "first notifications could be arriving in subscriber's inboxes in just over a year".
Michiel Willems © 2012, CP Publishing Ltd. London, UK. Picture: BT/Talk Talk.