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Government plans to crack down on illegal file sharing

The government has promised to bring broadband to every UK home by 2012 as well as announcing plans to crack down on illegal internet file sharing. The measures were contained in a new report entitled Digital Britain released earlier today by communication minister Lord Carter.

The draft document underlines the responsibility of internet service providers to target digital piracy. According to the proposed legislation, ISPs will have to warn any clients involved in illegal downloading as well as compiling personal data on the offenders in the event of legal action.

Copyright holders had lobbied the government to force ISPs to remove repeat offenders from their service, but the proposed legislation is somewhat short of the draconian measures sought.

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