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Internet users are urged to fight new Digital Economy Act

A number of leading figures in the Internet arena have today urged hotels, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and other public locations offering Internet access to their customers, to fight the terms of the new Digital Economy Act. This is an act which was pushed through Parliament at the very last minute after a number of concessions were made to ensure the Conservative party would support the move. So what is the main issue with the Digital Economy Act?

The main problem with the Act is the fact that powers have been passed to courts in the UK which will see those suspected of illegal downloading or copyright infringement potentially thrown off the Internet. It is the fact that defendants have to prove their innocence rather than the courts having to prove their guilt which is the main issue amongst many in the UK. There is also a very lacklustre appeals process which could take time and leave many people disconnected, with potentially large losses for some businesses.

The Digital Economy Act has been something of a nightmare for the UK government since it was first introduced with many believing it is far too one-sided in favour of media companies. However, the fact that it is now part of UK Statute Law is a concern because ultimately the new regulations are there to be adhered to. TalkTalk, the UK Internet service provider, has already confirmed it will not recognise various parts of the Act in direct conflict with the UK authorities.

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