While the U.K. government has been consulting on technical measures including suspension of Internet accounts for file-sharers, a parliamentary committee has issued a report that blames the music industry for much of the file-sharing problem and opposes any policy of disconnection.

The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group (apComms) report, "Can we keep our hands off the net?," included analysis of whether ISPs should be doing more to monitor "bad" traffic on their networks. However, it found that any disconnection of file-sharers - the government has actually only spoken of "suspension" of accounts since it toughened up its proposals in August - would be "inappropriate."

In its report, apComms published a recommendation "to terminate the current policy-making process on what should be done about illegal file-sharing," and said government should re-start the process once the EU has finished negotiating its Telecoms Package. The European Parliament has been at odds with the European Council: the Parliament passed an amendment to the telecoms package in May stating that Internet access cannot be restricted "without prior ruling by the judicial authorities."

The apComms report further states that future policy "should not include the disconnection of end users, because this is not in the slightest bit consistent with policies that attempt to promote eGovernment," the process whereby government is further opened up to citizens via information and communication technology.

"The report concludes that much of the problem with illegal sharing of copyrighted material has been caused by the rights holders, and the music industry in particular, being far too slow in getting its act together and making popular legal alternatives available," the report states.