British Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said today (Wednesday) that the government wants to seek an agreement with the U.S. to curb illegal downloads of movies, music and other digital content. At a news conference Burnham said, "it's my aim that we develop an international consensus on illegal downloading." He has said that the government wants to reduce illegal downloads by 70-80 percent in the U.K. and is looking for support for the government's plans from European and U.S. partners. Burnham made it clear that he is aiming to crack down on those uploading content, not those downloading it. "I don't want to criminalize young people," he said.

03/06/2009