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UK broadband provider TalkTalk has sensationally vowed to defy the government's new anti-filesharing legislation.

Writing in the company blog, Andrew Heaney, Executive Director of Strategy and Regulation, said the internet service provider (ISP) would continue to battle against the "oppressive proposals" contained in the digital economy bill.

The proposed legislation - designed to enforce a clampdown on illegal filesharing activity - is set to gain Royal Assent this week, but that does not mean TalkTalk will be complying with the new law.

Mr Heaney said the firm will not surrender any customer's details to rights-holders unless served with a court order, while it will also refuse to disconnect any broadband user accused of copyright infringement.

"We are the only major ISP to have taken this stance and we will maintain it," he commented.

"After the election we will resume highlighting the substantial dangers inherent in the proposals and that the hoped-for benefits in legitimate sales will not materialise."

Mr Heaney claimed that when the bill becomes law, filesharers will simply switch to other undetectable methods to access online content for free.

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