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Industry Tight-Lipped on 'Digital Britain Report'

Trade bodies remain unaffected by an article in the Financial Times that reveals insider details about the proposed "Digital Britain Report" from the U.K.'s new communications minister, Lord Carter.

A spokesperson from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said the article was simply speculation at this stage: "This is a working document which sets out options for consideration. Ministers have not yet taken decisions and the draft does not reflect government policy."

British recorded music industry body BPI declined to comment on the leaked information but remained committed to the alignment of ISPs, the government and the music business in the fight against online piracy.

Chief executive Geoff Taylor said, "The [memorandum of understanding] we signed with the Internet service providers in July 2008 represented a significant turning point in this debate, not only because the government has now put in place a framework to effectively tackle this issue, but because it shows that the creative industries, ISPs and government have a shared responsibility to work in partnership and meet this challenge together."

The Financial Times claims the draft report includes plans to create a new body, Rights Agency, to act as a mediator between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and music companies in suspected cases of copyright infringement.

A source claiming to have read the report also revealed that ministers would be looking to pass regulations on ISPs contacting suspected illegal file-sharers, and passing on data from "serious and infringing offenders" to music companies and rights holders to carry out legal action if required.

The DCMS expects the government to publish an interim report in early 2009, followed by the final report before end of the second quarter.

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