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The UK's Treasury Minister has claimed that broadband providers will have to put forward some funding towards the government's efforts to tackle illegal filesharing.

Stephen Timms has claimed that right holders – such as music labels and film studios – will have to pay for around 75 per cent of the charges that arise from the anti-piracy campaign.

According to the Financial Times, the minister also confirmed that internet service providers will have to pay for the remaining 25 per cent.

Discussing the plans, Mr Timms suggested that companies which sell content need to "get a move on" to create quality legal alternatives to encourage web users away from piracy.

He added that progress on the issue "has been much too slow".

Mr Timms' comments on the plans have come after Virgin Media recently announced the name of its upcoming legal music download and streaming platform.

The fibre-optic broadband provider is planning to call the service MusicFish, reports Marketing magazine.

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