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Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has become the latest famous name to speak out over the government's plans to tackle illegal filesharing.

The star, best known for songs including A New England and his work in support of artists' rights, has claimed that cutting off broadband users that download music or videos would not solve the problem.

He explained that illegal filesharing has become a promotional opportunity for artists, as those who download also tend to buy legally, while new regulations need to focus on copyright issues.

"The industry needs to put pressure on government and legislators at a European level to move where copyright bites away from individual use and towards exploitation," he outlined.

"Those people who are setting up websites, giving away our stuff or selling our stuff without paying us, that is where we want the weight of the law come down."

Recent figures from Demos found that consumers who do illegally download music spend over £30 more on music annually than those who do not.

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