Equity has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling which paves the way for the government to introduce the Digital Economy Act, which is aimed at tackling copyright infringement online.
BT and TalkTalk had both complained the act was not compatible with EU law and amounted to an invasion of privacy.
Their challenge was rejected by the High Court last year and now the Court of Appeal has backed that ruling.
Responding, Equity general secretary Christine Payne said: “Once again the court is on the side of the almost two million workers in the creative industries whose livelihoods are put at risk because creative content is stolen on a daily basis. Once again a judge has made it extremely clear that the Digital Economy Act is a fair, focused, proportionate and efficient system for consumers and the creative industry. Rather than individuals being hauled into court, the DEA makes it possible to conduct a mass consumer education programme. BT and TalkTalk need to stop fighting and start obeying the law.”
The act will mean internet servers will have to send warning letters to alleged illegal file downloaders, and may also be forced to cut users off.