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A judicial review on the Digital Economy Act is set to be heard this Wednesday (March 23rd) in the High Court, it has been reported.

The controversial legislation - which was passed shortly before the 2010 general election - has been officially challenged by internet service providers (ISPs) BT and TalkTalk.

Under the new laws, ISPs may be required to take action against broadband deal subscribers suspected of engaging in filesharing activity.

However, the act has faced a number of administrative and regulatory barriers, and could yet be thrown out by the judiciary, reports the Telegraph.

According to the ISPs, the Digital Economy Act represents a disproportionate response to the difficulties faced by rights holders in protecting their copyright online.

They also believe the legislation contravenes EU privacy and commercial directives, the news provider stated.

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, said the judicial review was the result of insufficient scrutiny during last year's parliamentary wash-up period.

"This is something that Lord Mandelson rammed through the House of Commons and it is becoming a great example of what happens when you rush legislation," he stated.

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