The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association today welcomed the Government commitment to robust action on illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing.

The CEA joined fellow members of the Creative Coalition Campaign in welcoming the announcement made by Lord Mandelson at this week’s C&Binet event, in particular the acknowledgement that Internet Service Providers will be required to work with rights holders to take action to deal with the problem of illegal p2p.

The Coalition also welcomed the Government’s assertion that temporary suspension of internet accounts should be considered as one option for serious repeat infringers, feeling strongly that technical measures such as this will be needed if the huge problem of illegal file-sharing is to be properly addressed. 

Commenting on the announcement, Christine Payne (Chair of the Creative Coalition Campaign and General Secretary of Equity) said:

“The problem of illegal file-sharing is clear. Numerous reports have shown that the creative sector employs around 1.8 million jobs and illegal file-sharing puts these at serious risk.”

“We are committed to ensuring that the interests of those workers are not neglected in the forthcoming legislation and we welcome the approach that the Government is taking. We look forward to the publication of the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill and to working with the Government to deal with this serious issue.”