Internet users engaging in the piracy of entertainment content are able to download huge files due to the increasing speed of internet connections, one expert says.
Rob Fahey of the Times has highlighted the swift progress of broadband, transforming the slow internet of the 1990s with lightning quick connections.
Mr Fahey said that the higher speeds available to internet users thanks to broadband means that the sharing and copying of files can be done on a larger scale.
He commented: "Music was the first to feel the lash of piracy, largely because each track is a fairly small file, taking only a minute or two to download even on the slower broadband of the mid90s.
"Today entire movies (hundreds of times larger than a music track) and videogames (thousands of times larger) can be transferred easily between computers anywhere in the world."
The British Phonographic Industry recently signed a deal with the UK's leading broadband providers agreeing to take action over illegal file sharing.