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Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has claimed that illegal filesharers will not just have their broadband disconnected without facing trial.

Speaking to a Culture, Media and Sport Committee, he said that people must have the opportunity to defend themselves in court, although Digital Britain plans suggested that immediate suspension would be put in place.

However, he added that the decision would be "a very last resort" for persistent offenders who do not take notice of warnings.

He explained: "It wouldn't just happen on the basis of an accusation.

"Firstly there would need to be a court order for any of the technical measures."

Broadband provider TalkTalk recently announced the launch of its new Don't Disconnect Us campaign, which is based on a range of objections against the government's plans.

The initiative is based around a website, which includes views and insights on the issue of tackling illegal filesharing from experts around the world.

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