A British government-commissioned report has recommended law-enforcement agencies and industry bodies share intelligence via a secure Web site, as part of a broader crackdown on copyright theft.

It is one of nine proposals spelled-out in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills' "Intellectual Property Crime Report 2007," published today by the U.K.-IPO, an executive agency of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

The annual report estimates that Britain's IP black market is worth about £1.3 billion ($2.6 billion) each year, and notes that criminals are targeting music and film, along with other consumer goods and luxury items.

The document also illustrates that co-operation between law-enforcement agencies is having the desired effect on stifling illegal trade, noting a rise in prosecutions to 1,000, up from 600 in 2004.

"Whilst the national IP crime strategy is beginning to have a positive effect on the level of IP crime, there is still a lot of work left to do," says Lord Triesman, minister for intellectual property, in the report.

Triesman adds, "a key part of our future work must be to ensure that people understand the very damaging consequences of counterfeiting and piracy."

Trade body the BPI welcomed the government's increased support for the policing of copyright theft. "We are committed to taking forward the report's recommendations," comments BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor, "particularly those where industry has a role to play in sharing expertise and raising awareness of the impact and activities of IP criminals."

Taylor continues, "Successfully tackling counterfeiting and piracy will be absolutely critical if the U.K.'s knowledge-based economy is to develop in the twenty-first century and so we welcome the government's on-going commitment to this issue."

Government, law enforcement and local authorities and are expected to tap into the new report.