Lettersending to file-sharers on hold for now
Government plans to send warning letters to alleged illegal downloaders have been punched in the side of the head by the strong arm of the law. If this pleases you, you might be bemused to find that the people you should be thanking are BT and Talk Talk, two companies that are widely disliked by their past and current customers.
The letter-sending frenzy was part of the Digital Economy Act, but that whole big stinking mess has now been held up by the announcement of a high court judicial review that could hold it up until next summer at the earliest.
BT and Talk Talk have lodged a series of challenges to the Act, claiming that it infringes net users’ ‘basic rights and freedoms’ – although we find ourselves wondering just what’s in it for them.
The result of the judicial review should be announced within six to eight weeks but the side that comes off worst is likely to appeal. That could mean an outing in the European courts, and maybe even the inter-galactic and celestial courts before it all gets sorted out.
In the meantime, why don’t you kids carry on downloading your Tom & Jerry cartoons and your Jeremy Clarkson eBooks with impunity, safe in the knowledge that the law is unable to send you any warning letters for now.
Make the most of it – it won’t last forever.