UK government targets illegal downloading

The UK government is to consult on legislation to punish internet service providers if they fail to take action against the illegal downloading of music, films and TV programmes.The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, made the proposal to crack down on illegal downloading today as part of a wide-ranging strategy paper designed to support the UK’s creative industriesIllegal downloading legislation could be introduced by April next year, although it is just one option being considered by the government as it seeks to improve the protection of intellectual property for internet content.

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