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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Parliamentary Private Secretary To the Leader of the Opposition 2:30 pm, 20th April 2009

If the Government are successful in achieving their target, announced in "Digital Britain", of reducing illegal file sharing by 70 per cent., that will still leave 2 million individuals to be sued. That is clearly an unrealistic possibility. Will the Secretary of State look again at the technological possibilities of excluding the miscreants, rather than clogging up our courts? "Digital Britain" should be a huge opportunity for creative industries to lead the country out of recession, but at the moment, for every file legally downloaded, 600 are stolen.

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