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Internet service providers (ISPs) are firmly against plans to make them pay to combat online piracy, it has been claimed.

Last week, it was announced that the costs resulting from the Digital Economy Act's measures to tackle online copyright infringement will be split between rights holders and ISPs at a ratio of 75:25.

But Mark Jackson, editor-in-chief at, said that since ISPs do not determine what the services they provide are used for, it is not their responsibility to foot the bill.

He commented that broadband providers "are mere conduits of data" and do not control its use.

While the majority of ISPs agree with the basic principal of warning customers about their activity, as outlined by communications regulator Ofcom, they disagree on some of the details and apportioning of costs, Mr Jackson said.

"Most ISPs have concerns with the prospect of punishment, i.e. technical measures, which will only follow if the notification process fails," he stated. 

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