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Music: Internet

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government is taking to protect the music industry from illegal downloading. (204464)

The Government take the illicit use of peer-to-peer technology to download music and other copyright material very seriously. We accept it is difficult for the music industry to develop exciting and viable new business models in the face of such unlawful activity. That is why we are actively encouraging rights holders and internet service providers to agree a way forward—it is in both their longer term interests, and a voluntary arrangement that was effective and fair would be the best solution. However, the Government have also made it clear that in the absence of such an industry solution we will consult on regulatory options with a view to introducing legislation.