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The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has claimed it is against new proposals from the UK government to address illegal peer-to-peer file sharing among broadband users.

An official discussion was launched by the FAC and the organisation has unveiled its response, along with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and the Music Producers Guild, to the proposals set out in the Department for Business Innovation & Skills' Consultation on Legislation to Address Illicit Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing report.

The group claims to have "serious reservations about the content and scope of the proposed legislation" and thinks that estimates contained in the report are "very fuzzy".

It states that it opposes the proposals and argues the "stick is now in danger of being way out of proportion to the carrot".

The FAC says: "What the consultation's proposals singularly fail to do is differentiate between the downloading and sharing of music by music fans, on a non-commercial basis, and those who seek financial gain or commercial advantage from such activity."

It argues that "ordinary music fans" should not be criminalised due to the "failings" of businesses to "adapt sufficiently to new technological challenges".

David Lammy MP recently called on film and music companies to reduce the demand for pirated material among broadband users by developing innovative new platforms for the delivery of content online.

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