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Illegal file sharers should be dealt with by UK ISPs, so say one in five broadband users.

That is according to the results of a recent survey conducted by ISPreview, which found that 20.7 per cent of those quizzed thought that broadband providers in Britain should be doing their best to curb the activities of web surfers using peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology.

When asked how exactly the problem should be addressed, 26.9 per cent favoured a bombardment of warning letters, 22.4 per cent said that they did not know, while 14.8 per cent said that the offending user's speeds should be slowed as a punishment.

"Many in the creative (music, film, software and games) industry do not believe that warnings alone will be enough to tackle repeat offenders and have been pushing for tougher action," said ISPreview, assessing the issue.

"Unfortunately several attempts at finding common ground between all of the various parties has only served to highlight a deepening divide of opinion."

Communications minister Lord Carter recently proposed a law which would require ISPs to warn broadband users who are found to be involved in illegal file sharing.

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