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Intellectual Property: Internet

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require internet service providers and rights holders to co-operate in taking action on illegal file sharing as discussed in the cross-departmental report, New Talents for the New Economy. (227177)

As the hon. Member will be aware, work in this area is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, in close co-operation with DIUS and DCMS. The Government are determined to ensure that the problem of illegal file sharing is tackled. As to whether legislation is needed, it has not yet made any such assessment, but is awaiting the results of the current consultation on legislative options, including our preferred approach of co-regulation, which closes on the 30 October. That assessment will take into account the work that is going ahead on a voluntary basis to tackle unlawful peer-to-peer file-sharing under the auspices of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the biggest internet service providers, major music and film players, and Government.