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Many consumers do not fully understand the anti-filesharing measures introduced by the Digital Economy Act, a poll has revealed.

In a study conducted by Be Broadband, 86 per cent of consumers said they were aware of the legislation, which was passed during the parliamentary wash-up period in April 2010.

However, a mere 33 per cent of survey respondents said they fully understand the section of the act relating to illegal copyright infringement.

A further 52 per cent of consumers said they understand some but not all of the new legislative measures, while 15 per cent said they have no knowledge of the law.

Under the Digital Economy Act, broadband providers will be required to send warning letters to internet users who are suspected of illegal filesharing activity.

The worst offenders could see their broadband services disconnected - a principle which has caused major concern among both broadband providers and open rights campaigners.

BT and TalkTalk brought a judicial review to challenge this part of the act, although the High Court recently ruled in favour of the government and approved the legislation.

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