UK ISPs could be forced to disconnect illegal file-sharers under laws currently being drafted by the government, it has been reported.
The regulations, which are intended to force the UK's broadband providers to clamp down on illegal file-sharing, were announced by Lord Triesman, the minister for intellectual property, the register.co.uk reports.
ISPs could avoid the legislation if they can agree on a mutually beneficial arrangement with entertainment companies by the end of the summer, he said.
However, if this does not occur, Lord Triesman pledged to lobby Gordon Brown to introduce the legislation in the next Queen's speech.
News of the proposed regulations comes after Lord Triesman in October last year called on broadband provider to take a "more activist role" in combating illegal file-sharing.
Speaking at the time Mr Triesman said that he retained hope that a voluntary arrangement could be reached and stressed that talks between the music industry and ISPs had been "progressing more promisingly than people might have thought".