The government has indicated that it is still consideringsuspending users from the internet who are involved with digital piracy in aneffort to protect jobs in the software, music and film industries.
The software industry has regularly put a figure on the costof piracy in the UKat not around the £1.49bn and at a cost of more than 10,000 jobs, according toIDC figures for last year.
Lord Mandelson, business secretary, stated that downloadingsoftware was not a “victimless act”.
“It poses a genuine threat to our creative industries and tothe livelihoods of talented, hard-working people striving to get a foothold inthem,” he said.
One of the responses that the government is looking at is torestrict web access, working with ISPs, to those offenders that are identified.
“This problem will be solved not simply by new laws but bynew approaches to doing business. We believe that temporary account suspensionas a last resort, in the most serious cases, is worth considering to allowthese new business models to develop,” he added.