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Anti-file-sharing alliance calls for ISPs to ban offenders

Warwick Ashford

Eight UK creative organisations and five trade unions have formed an alliance to demand that government force internet service providers to ban users caught sharing content illegally.

The alliance is expected to tell government today that persistent illegal file-sharers should be cut off from the net if they ignore repeated warnings about illegal file sharing, according to BBC news.

Last year, BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse agreed to collaborate on a voluntary code of practice on handling illegal file-sharing.

But the alliance, which includes British Phonographic Industry and the Federation Against Copyright Theft, wants ISPs to take a more active role than just education and awareness.

The coalition wants ISPs to monitor the online activities of users and has issued recommendations they want included in the government's Digital Britain manifesto.

According to the alliance, 98 million films and more than one billion music tracks were downloaded illegally in the UK in 2007.

It says more than six million people in the country regularly file-share copyright content without permission, putting thousands of jobs in the film, TV, music, and software sectors at risk.


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