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Preventing illegal internet downloads is a difficult task but not one that should be the responsibility of internet service providers (ISP).

That is the opinion of Charles Dunstone, Chief Executive of TalkTalk and the Carphone Warehouse, who believes the government's idea that ISPs could put a stop to illegal file sharing is "naive".

Speaking to the Guardian, he said a better plan would be to encourage users to appreciate the importance of respecting copyrights.

He commented: "If you try speed humps or disconnections for peer-to-peer, people will simply either disguise their traffic or share the content another way. It is a game of Tom and Jerry and you will never catch the mouse.

"The mouse always wins in this battle and we need to be careful that politicians do not get talked into putting legislation in place that, in the end, ends up looking stupid."

Mr Dunstone also noted that it would make sense for consumers to be able to access material in an easier and more cost effective manner.

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