BT and Talk Talk have lost an appeal over controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online - a decision welcomed by rights holders. The internet service providers (ISPs) had argued the UK's Digital Economy Act was incompatible with European law and put an unfair burden on them to pay the costs of the rights-holders' crackdown on illegal downloading. The Act will mean ISPs will have to send warning letters to alleged illegal file downloaders, as well as potentially cutting users off. Further details are available on the BBC website.
NOTE: See now the July 2012 guidance - "The Digital Economy Act 2010 Impact on educational institutions and public libraries" on the CILIP website.