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British broadband providers have been hit with more pressure to act out against users who download copyrighted content.

A creative industries figurehead this week told BBC News that illegally downloading files such as music and films using peer-to-peer (P2P) technology can directly affect jobs and industry.

The suggestion comes on the back of a proposed continental telecoms reform, which would have seen those who repeatedly offend disconnected by their provider, being delayed by the European Parliament on the grounds of consumer rights.

Head of the UK Film Council, John Woodward, claims that the sharing of copyrighted materials is damaging production.

He explained to the broadcaster: "The growing threat of illegal P2P file-sharing threatens [the creative industries], as films go unmade, DVD sales deteriorate and jobs are lost in the production and distribution of content."

The proposed European Parliament legislation could also have strengthened user rights by requiring providers to act more transparently during the signing of contracts.

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