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Friday, April 20, 2012

UK court upholds controversial online copyright infringement act
Cody Harding at 12:00 AM ET

On April 20, 2011, the UK High Court upheld the nation's Digital Economy Act (DEA), aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. In November 2010 the court granted a claim filed by UK internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group, PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group, PLC to review the law. Justice Kenneth Parker dismissed four of the five challenges, including claims that the bill was not adequately scrutinized before passage. Despite the increased political scrutiny, the ruling allowed the DEA to proceed toward implementation. The issue of copyright infringement was reignited in the UK in February 2012 when Judge Richard Arnold of the UK High Court ruled for the British unit of Sony Corporation and eight other record labels in a copyright infringement case filed against the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.

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