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Internet service provider (ISP) BT is set to launch a new music download service, geared at discouraging illegal filesharing.

A leaked invitation to tender document reveals that the service - which could be used by up to 5.5 million people - is set to be launched in the near future.

The broadband provider will run the music service on a non-profit basis for the first six to nine months, in an attempt to persuade consumers to change their downloading habits.

Once a customer base has been established, the ISP is likely to introduce charges for music downloads.

According to the Guardian, the no-fee proposal points to an increased willingness among ISPs to work alongside the creative industries in combating illegal filesharing.

The news provider said talks were currently ongoing with a number of major labels including Universal Music and EMI.

Back in 2010, the Digital Economy Act introduced new legislative measures designed to combat illegal filesharing in the UK.

However, ISPs BT and TalkTalk expressed concern about the content of the new statute, and also a perceived lack of debate in the House of Commons, and subsequently launched a judicial review.

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