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Broadband users who download content illegally should be subjected to technological restrictions, it has been claimed.

Respect for Film, a pressure group comprised of a number of industry bodies, believes that internet service providers should limit broadband access to those who consistently infringe copyright, the Guardian reported.

The proposal has been made as an alternative to legal actions, which the group believes to be unrealistic.

Lavinia Carey, chair of Respect for Film, told the paper: "Making life difficult for people who persist in accessing and copying protected material … is surely preferable to court actions.

"We see the use of technological measures as similar to creating road humps - they will make potential copyright infringers pause and think twice."

Figures disclosed by the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property last week suggested that up to seven million UK broadband users download copyrighted material.

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