The government has indicated that it is still considering suspending users from the Internet who are involved with digital piracy in an effort to protect jobs in the software, music and film industries.
The software industry has regularly put a figure on the cost of piracy in the UK at not around the £1.49bn and at a cost of more than 10,000 jobs, according to IDC figures for last year.
Lord Mandelson, business secretary, stated that downloading software was not a “victimless act”.
“It poses a genuine threat to our creative industries and to the livelihoods of talented, hard-working people striving to get a foothold in them,” he said.
One of the responses that the government is looking at is to restrict web access, working with ISPs, to those offenders that are identified.
“This problem will be solved not simply by new laws but by new approaches to doing business. We believe that temporary account suspension as a last resort, in the most serious cases, is worth considering to allow these new business models to develop,” he added.