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ISPA reveals broadband industry's filesharing concerns

Tuesday, November 24th 2009 by Cable.co.uk

The Internet Service Providers' Association has spoken out against the government's illegal filesharing plans.

Plans put forward to tackle illegal filesharing have raised concerns in the broadband industry, it has been suggested.

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has claimed the government's digital economy bill has created some worry among providers, particularly over the amount of control afforded to the Secretary of State in relation to imposing sanctions on companies.

Nicholas Lansman, the secretary-general of the body, said the legislation would also fail to "address the underlying problem".

"Rather than focusing blindly on enforcement, the government should be asking rightsholders to reform the licensing framework so that legal content can be distributed online to consumers in a way that they are clearly demanding," he explained.

Mr Lansman added that the ISPA has concerns that repeat infringers may seek to avoid detection, a view particularly shared by broadband provider TalkTalk.

The company has claimed in the past that up to seven million homes and businesses in the UK are vulnerable to Wi-Fi hijacking, which means serial filesharers may use their connections to access such content.

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