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The UK music industry body the BPI and French prime minister Nicholas Sarkozy have been nominated for the award of villain of the year by the internet trade association the ISPA.

The opprobrium towards the BPI can be attributed to what the ISPA describes as its "heavy handed approach against consumers rather than engaging in constructive dialogue with the internet industry when dealing with filesharing".

Meanwhile, supermodel romancer Mr Sarkozy makes the least liked list following the announcement this month of plans to impose a tax on broadband providers in France to fund a public service broadcaster.

Conversely, competitiveness minister Stephen Timms' moves to advance the cause of faster broadband access earned him a nomination in the Hero of the Year category.

Mr Timms was earmarked for praise by the ISPA for "leading the push to increase internet access speeds, paving the way for services such as high-definition internet TV".

Winners will be announced on March 14th this year.

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