Communications regulator Ofcom is considering setting up regulation to help clamp down on file-sharing.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards described the regulator as "ready to play Broadband Advisor in the ongoing debate over file-sharing, saying: "To date, Ofcom has not made a lot of public noise about the piracy issue...that should not be mistaken for a lack of interest or concern.

"Our formal focus may be limited. But this sort of piracy is something that affects network operators, ISPs, content creators and consumers - and as the converged regulator we have of course been keeping a watchful eye on developments."

Efforts to tackle file-sharing have been big news in the UK this year. Last week, 800 Virgin Media customers received letters warning them about participating in illegal file sharing.

The letters are part of a 10-week campaign, in conjunction with music industry body the BPI, to educate users about illegal downloading.

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