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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Action on illegal file-sharing proposed

  • Published: Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Blocking access to download sites, reducing broadband speeds, or temporarily suspending a user's internet account are just some of the ways the government has proposed to tackle illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. Have your say on the new proposals before 29 September.

Tackling illegal file-sharing

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The government is asking for the public’s views on proposals to tackle online piracy and P2P file-sharing.

One of the proposals is giving the government the power to make Ofcom, the communications watchdog, take technical measures to stop the worst file-sharers.

Ways to stop the worst file-sharers could include making their ISPs:

  • block their access to download sites
  • reduce their broadband speed
  • temporarily suspend the individual’s Internet account

The suspension of an individual’s internet account is also being considered as a last resort against the hard core of copyright pirates.

Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, said: "Technology and consumer behaviour is fast-changing and it’s important that Ofcom has the flexibility to respond quickly to deal with unlawful file-sharing."

Have your say

If you want to have your say on the new proposals, you have until 29 September to do so.

You can respond by letter, fax or email to:

Michael Klym/Adrian Brazier
Communications & Content Industries
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET

Tel: 0207 215 4165/1295

Fax: 0207 215 5442


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