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An independent watchdog has suggested that broadband speed restrictions should not be used to stop people from using illegal filesharing.

Consumer Focus has called on the broadband industry and the music business to focus on improving copyright licensing, rather than looking to introduce measures that prevent web users from getting online.

Jill Johnstone, director of the organisation, said "slowing down people's broadband" is not a "solution".

"Most people would happily pay a reasonable price for music they enjoy, but little is being done to take this forward," she explained.

"There is huge potential for our creative industries to take advantage of the online market, but reform of the copyright licensing system is needed to support this."

Sky recently submitted a report to the Department for Business, Innovation and Science which calls on the music industry, broadband providers and the government to work together to tackle illegal filesharing in the UK.

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