Plans to tackle illegal filesharing could be thrown into disarray after two internet service providers win a judicial review

Plans to tackle illegal filesharing under the Digital Economy Act could be thrown into disarray after BT and TalkTalk yesterday won a judicial review of the controversial legislation.

The two major internet service providers (ISPs) mounted their legal challenge to the Act in July, warning that it could infringe internet users' "basic rights and freedoms" and was given "insufficient scrutiny" in Parliament.

Both broadband providers will now be granted a review of the Act at the High Court to clarify whether it conflicts with existing EU legislation.

The High Court hearing is expected to take place in February 2011.

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