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Internet service providers (ISPs) TalkTalk and BT have been granted a Judicial Review of the Digital Economy Act 2010, it has been announced.

Rushed through parliament during the wash-up period ahead of the general election, the legislation is designed to combat illegal filesharing activity.

Under the terms of the statute, ISPs may be required to disconnect frequent offenders - a provision which has been widely criticised within the industry.

TalkTalk's Executive Director Andrew Heaney said the firm was pleased that its concerns over the copyright infringement provisions in the Digital Economy Act are to be considered in a full hearing.

He noted that only six per cent of MPs attended the brief parliamentary debate on the bill back in April.

"The provisions to try to reduce illegal filesharing are unfair, won't work and will potentially result in millions of innocent customers who have broken no law suffering and having their privacy invaded," Mr Heaney added.

"We look forward to the hearing to properly assess whether the act is legal and justifiable and so ensure that all parties have certainty on the law before proceeding." 

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