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UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge 47

Grumbleduke writes "The UK's controversial Digital Economy Act survived its second court challenge today. Two ISPs had appealed last year's ruling that the measures included did not breach EU law and, for the most part, the Court of Appeal agreed, ruling in favor of the Government and the 10 unions and industry groups supporting the law in court. The decision was welcomed by the industry groups, but criticized by the UK's Pirate Party, whose leader pointed to the lack of evidence that the law would have any positive effects. A UK copyright specialist noted that the ISPs may still appeal the decision to the UK's Supreme Court, seeking a reference to the Courts of Justice of the European Union, and wondered if the law could now attract the same attention from the Internet as SOPA and ACTA. The law is still some way from being implemented, and the first notifications are not expected to be sent to alleged file-sharers before 2013, and the next steps could also be open to a legal challenge."
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UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge

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  • by LiroXIV ( 2362610 ) on Tuesday March 06, 2012 @11:17PM (#39270539)
    The European Court of Justice also recently declared that soccer match schedules can't be copyrighted because they're not creative enough, completely going against British case law which suggests that the amount of effort and labour is the factor to something can be copyrighted or not. Of course, the U.S. already rejected that idea. But does this matter? Yes. Because even under this regime, your site won't get wiped off the face of the earth for daring to mention who's playing games this Saturday.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @12:39AM (#39271173)

    Well. Isn't that a coincidence?

    USA - SOPA/PIPA, ACTA, TPP, NDAA, PCIP, etc. - NO proportional representation

    Canada - ACTA, TPP, C11, C30, PCIPA, etc. - NO proportional representation

    UK - DEA - NO proportional representation

    Australia - AUSFTA - NO proportional representation

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