Under this act, people who are believed to be downloading illegally films and music from filesharing sites will be monitored and ISP will then match the rights holders’ data against their customer database and send warning letters to those accused. Plans to send thousands of warning letters to alleged illegal downloaders should now go ahead in the first half of next year. The repeated action of the copyright infringers can have their internet slowed down or even blocked. The illegal downloading is costing UK music and film industry £400m a year in lost sales
According to BT and TalkTalk, Britain’s largest internet service providers, the act infringed internet users’ “basic rights and freedoms”.
They are appealing against four of the five grounds (on technical standards, authorisation, e-commerce, as well as privacy and electronic communications) of the judicial review, arguing that the act is broadly “inconsistent with European law”.