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Court of Appeal Upholds DEA Ruling

PRIVACY LAW—UK & EU

March 7, 2012

The UK Court of Appeal has rejected claims that the Digital Economy Act (DEA)--aimed at fighting online copyright infringement--violates EU law, Out-Law.com reports. Two ISPs had argued that the DEA breached EU laws on data protection and privacy. "We are pleased the Appeal Court has upheld the original ruling that the Digital Economy Act is a lawful and proportionate response to the threat posed by online piracy," a government spokesperson said. One of the plaintiffs has responded, "We are reviewing this long and complex judgment and considering our options. Though we have lost this appeal, we will continue fighting to defend our customers' rights against this ill-judged legislation."
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