The IFPI has reacted positively to a report commissioned by the Swedish government recommending that Internet service providers take more responsibility for material that infringes copyright.

In the report, "Music and Film on the Internet - Threat or Opportunity?", Swedish Justice Department investigator Cecilia Renfors suggests a change in the country's law so that ISPs would have to take action to terminate the contracts of users who repeatedly infringe copyright.

"It is proposed that the law be amended so that Internet Service Providers can be ordered, under penalty of a fine, to take action such as terminating the contract of a subscriber to prevent continued infringement using the Internet Service Provider's services," the report states.

The report also says mass piracy in Sweden is reducing the incentive for investors to back legitimate online music and film sites. It calls for a new task force comprising government, copyright holders and Internet providers to discuss legal reforms and make it easier for consumers to purchase music and films legally online.

"This is a clear call for ISPs to take more responsibility in curbing copyright infringement on their networks, and it comes from a country that is on the very front line in the fight to protect music and films from internet piracy," said John Kennedy, chairman and CEO of IFPI, in a statement.

"We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendation and hope it will be taken very seriously in Sweden and further afield".

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