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Broadband providers have hit out at demands from creative industries to disconnect users who download copyrighted material.

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has said that "significant" licensing reform should instead be introduced to tackle the problem of illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing.

Its response comes on the back of a claim by the UK Film Council, whose head John Woodward this week told the BBC that unlawful downloading was hurting the production industry.

Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General of the ISPA, said: "There is a problem with unlawful P2P file-sharing, but it is important to recognise that a major part of the solution lies in licensing reform and the availability of legal content online."

He added that the group is "committed" to working alongside the government and creative industries to find an ideal solution for both consumers and broadband providers.

Earlier this month, the European Parliament delayed proposals for continent-wide telecoms reform based on a policy that would have allowed operators to ban persistent copyright infringers.

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