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Sky has called on its fellow internet service providers (ISPs) to work alongside the government and rights holders to create ways to stop illegal filesharing.

The company has claimed in a submission to the Department for Business, Innovation and Science that all of the parties "have a role to play" in stopping web users from unlawfully downloading music and video.

However, it added that collaboration and wide-ranging legislation is needed to effectively tackle the issue.

Sky said in the report: "It will only work if a level playing field applies across the whole industry and no ISP or rights owner is able to avoid its responsibilities.

"Additionally we would like to see the government taking responsibility for identifying sites which ISPs should block from their networks."

The Financial Times recently reported that TalkTalk is developing new parental controls which could be used to stop youngsters accessing filesharing platforms.

However, BT told the Daily Mirror that tackling internet piracy could cost the industry £1 million a day.

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