Government 'rules out' disconnection for illegal file sharers

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The government has ruled out a move that would have seen internet service providers (ISPs) forced to disconnect users who illegally share music online.

According to the Times, intellectual property minister David Lammy has revealed that there are no plans to introduce regulation that would force ISPs to terminate the service of internet pirates.

Mr Lammy claimed that a memorandum of understanding drawn up between the music industry and ISPs last year to target illegal peer-to-peer networks would be enough to prevent the necessity for such legislation.

He also noted that there were likely to be a series of complex legal issues involved in disconnecting users which would make it difficult to implement.

The news comes as a disappointment to music industry figures, but has been welcomed by ISPs.

British Telecom revealed that it is hopeful of reaching "an amicable solution" to the problem of illegal downloading without the need for legislation.

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