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New efforts to repeal certain parts of the government's Digital Economy Act have not gained much ground, reports have suggested.

An early day motion from Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert calling for a rethink of sections nine to 18 of the legislation has only so far been signed by just over 30 parliamentary members.

The sections include rules to tackle online copyright infringement, including efforts to limit internet access or disconnect those believed to be guilty of sharing files illegally while online.

In the motion, Mr Huppert suggested there is much feeling that the legislation was "rushed through in the dying days" of the last Labour government.

He added that the relevant sections would have "large repercussions for consumers, civil liberties, freedom of information and access to the internet".

Broadband provider TalkTalk has been a long-standing campaigner against the Digital Economy Act and even held an event earlier this year for MPs, peers and musicians to discuss their views on online filesharing and how to tackle the issue.

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