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Broadband providers in the UK should be more eager to tackle the issue of illegal filesharing, it has been claimed.

Speaking at a government forum, French internet service provider (ISP) Vivendi stated that Britain should consider moving to a "three-strikes" law similar to the one recently launched in its homeland.

According to Reuters, the company's Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy said such a move would mean a change of approach for broadband providers, as they would look away from their efforts to up subscriber numbers.

He explained: "At Vivendi, we are in the content business, we are in the telecom business and there is no internal debate.

"The priority is not to grow ... traffic on the ISPs. The priority is that creators, people who develop content, should find a way (to be rewarded)."

John Russell, editor at, recently suggested that a political party's stance on issues such as illegal filesharing could have an impact on whether people favour them.

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