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Broadband bundle providers 'do not have to pass on anti-piracy costs'

Friday, January 29th 2010 by Cable.co.uk

The UK's broadband providers are not obliged to pass on the cost of tackling illegal filesharing, according to a music industry leader.

Efforts to tackle illegal filesharing will not necessarily lead to higher costs for broadband customers, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The music industry body's chief executive, Geoff Taylor, made the comment in response to claims from bundle broadband provider TalkTalk, which in a column for the Daily Mail said that anti-piracy measures will be "the copyright crackdown we all pay for".

He explained in the BPI's blog that there is no obligation for internet service providers to pass the cost onto subscribers and claimed the companies were guilty of creating "scare stories" about the measures.

"They are perfectly at liberty to absorb the costs out of their large profits, or to pass on the costs of notifications to the account holders whose accounts are used illegally," he outlined.

"ISPs have been throwing out fanciful figures to try to persuade the world that piracy’s not worth fighting."

TalkTalk's chief executive officer Charles Dunstone claimed in the column for the Daily Mail that the anti-filesharing measures announced by the government were an "Orwellian nightmare".

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