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The government should force internet service providers (ISPs) to crack down on illegal filesharing, one commentator has claimed.

Craig Priestley, founder of The Music Mag, said the only way to stop copyright infringement is to close uploading sites such as rapdishare, megaupload, yousendit and filefactory.

"This is how a lot of media is shared and if the government was 100 per cent serious on decreasing illegal downloads, I'm sure they could do it," he suggested.

Mr Priestley claimed that ISPs should be doing more to limit the amount of downloads, despite fears of a backlash if legislation forces them to act.

It was recently reported that cracking down on filesharing activity could create a £500 million bill for ISPs, potentially explaining their reluctance to act.

Such costs would in all likelihood be passed on to consumers, reducing their access to cheap broadband packages.

Nonetheless, Mr Priestley still accuses the government of being "not radical enough".

"Cracking down on filesharing sites needs to be the focus as many have changed from peer-to-peer methods to this," he added.

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