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May 12, 2009

Times up for internet pirates


by David Allen

Leaders from the media industry are looking to the government to change the law on internet piracy, which is estimated to cost the media industry around £500 million per year and is putting jobs at risk too.

The group is calling upon the communications minister Lord Carter to tackle this problem in the final report on Digital Britain, which is due out on the 16th June, to make sure that internet service providers collect data on their customers who regularly download copyrighted material.

The group is made up of Lucian Grainge of Universal Pictures, Andy Duncan of Channel 4, Jeremy Darroch of Sky, Neil Berkett of Virgin Media, Michael Lynton of Sony Pictures, and the Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore.

They are looking to create a new industry body whose job will be to tackle this problem and deal with the offenders.

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