Creative industry organisations have criticised internet service providers (ISPs) BT and TalkTalk for their continued legal challenge to the Digital Economy Act (DEA), arguing they should just accept the legislation and start enforcing it.
In April this year, the High Court turned down a challenge against the DEA by BT and TalkTalk but the ISPs were granted the right to launch another appeal this month, a decision questioned by rights holders.
"I am a shareholder of BT and I bet this litigation is costing me sh*t loads," said Music Publishers Association chief executive Stephen Navin, at a Westminister Forum event in London on Thursday.
"Why is BT spending all this money on litigation rather than sitting down and talking [about how to implement the Act]?"
The DEA was hurriedly passed in the House of Commons' "wash-up" process in June last year before the last general election, and has received criticism ever since for being unworkable.
The DEA's copyright clauses that require ISPs to take action against illegal file sharers have been under constant review from both Ofcom and the High Court.
Ofcom was asked in February by the coalition government to assess whether blocking access to web sites accused of file sharing is actually workable.
The ISPs argue the DEA copyright clauses should be axed because blocking the internet is not compliant with European law and they are concerned they will have to bear the brunt of the costs for implementing the new system.
Navin and other rights holders in the entertainment industry suggested that now the DEA has been passed, TalkTalk and BT should concentrate on enforcing the copyright proposals.
"It's in. Let's get on with it and try and make it work. Let's forget about negatives," Navin added.
Warner Brothers Entertainment anti-piracy vice president, Trevor Albery, also argued that any concerns about whether blocking web sites will work must be ignored in favour of working to enforce the legislation.
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