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The frontman of UK band Muse has stood up in defence of broadband in the ongoing arguments surrounding illegal file-sharing.

Following comments from Lily Allen urging fellow musicians to "take a stand" against the practice, Matt Bellamy compared the internet to TV and the radio, where broadcasters pay copyright owners a fee for using material they do not own.

"Broadband makes the internet essentially the new broadcaster. This is the point which is being missed," said the singer.

He claims the problem is that "the internet service providers making the extreme profits (due to millions of broadband subscriptions) are not being taxed by the copyright owners correctly and this is a legislation issue".

Mr Bellamy adds that people who download more over their broadband connection should be taxed an increased amount and usage "priced accordingly".

The Featured Artists Coalition recently claimed it was against new UK government proposals to address peer-to-peer file sharing among broadband users.

It added that it has "serious reservations about the content" laid out Department for Business Innovation & Skills' Consultation on Legislation to Address Illicit Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing report.

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