Entanet brands DEA 'defunct and outdated'
The Digital Economy Act (DEA) is defunct and outdated before even coming into effect, Entanet has argued.
Among the measures featured in the controversial piece of legislation is a three-strikes system, under which broadband accountholders suspected of engaging in illegal filesharing will be sent warning letters telling them to desist.
However, the latest update on the DEA from Ofcom revealed these warning letters are unlikely to be introduced until 2014 at the earliest - a full four years since the law was passed.
Darren Farnden, head of marketing at Entanet, questioned whether the DEA will be "old before its time".
Given the amount of notice they have, prolific filesharers are likely to find alternative ways to infringe copyright by the time the act is enforced, he argued.
"We're not fans of the DEA, that's no secret, but it's been two years since its 'back door' entry into law and we have seen very little progress," Mr Farnden added.
His comments echo remarks from Open Rights Group chief executive Jim Killock, who recently told PC Pro that the legislation is already out of date and will "only become more so".