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The Liberal Democrats have signalled an intention to review the UK's digital piracy laws.

Party members voted at the annual conference to support a new policy paper which could see part or all of the controversial Digital Economy Act repealed.

Attendees endorsed the Information Technology Policy Paper, which affirms the party's commitment to "a vibrant and innovative digital economy".

The paper also calls for measures to stimulate innovation and ensure everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the digital revolution.

Julian Huppert, Chair of the Information Technology Policy Working Group, said the policy has "some really exciting proposals", such as those on research and development, net neutrality and digital inclusion.

"It is so important to Britain already - and it has the potential to drive a new, greener and more sustainable economy," he stated.

Mr Huppert, the MP for Cambridge, claimed that tackling piracy is important, but should not be seen as an end in itself.

"It's more important to create conditions that reward innovation and talent, and ensure that creators get the benefits of their work," he added.

"The Digital Economy Act fails to do that; worse, it sorely lacks a convincing evidence base and real democratic legitimacy."

Mr Huppert said he was "delighted" that the conference has passed a motion calling for the damaging parts of the act to be repealed, and suggesting new ways for the digital economy to grow.

The Digital Economy Act was passed in the parliamentary wash-up period ahead of the May 2010 general election.

Critics of the legislation claim it was enacted with insufficient parliamentary scrutiny, and is not fit for purpose.

Under the terms of the act, broadband providers could be forced to take action against websites which facilitate online piracy, and also internet users who violate copyright.

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