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A judge is set to rule on BT and TalkTalk's judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which the internet service providers (ISPs) launched last year.

According to, the Royal Courts of Justice should announce today (Wednesday April 20th) whether or not amendments will be required to the controversial anti-filesharing legislation.

Passed by the previous government during the final days of the Labour administration, the statute imposes new responsibilities on broadband providers to combat illegal filesharing.

However, critics of the act insist it could lead to many broadband consumers being unfairly disconnected by their ISP.

Concerns over the law's compatibility with the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive have also been raised.

Opponents believe that the digital economy bill received insufficient scrutiny in the Houses of Parliament, due to the government's eagerness to see it passed during the parliamentary wash-up period.

TalkTalk famously vowed last year that if the Digital Economy Act does come into force, it would not comply with the legislation.

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