Vodafone says it would be shareholder in firm if BT Openreach were replaced

Company joins calls for BT and Openreach to be split to share fibre-optic cables between providers as Ofcom reviews broadband market

Vodafone has fuelled the debate about the future of BT, saying it would be prepared to become a shareholder in any new company owning the UK’s largest telephone and broadband network.

Rivals are calling for BT to be split in two, with its Openreach division, which builds and maintains its network of copper and fibre-optic cables, spun into a separate company. Telecoms watchdog Ofcom is considering the idea in its first strategic review of the broadband market for a decade.

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Ebooks are unfamiliar waters for digital pirates, according to UK survey

Publishing sector has the lowest level of illegal downloads in the entertainment industry, with book piracy at half the rate of copyright theft in film and music

For publishers, fresh from winning a landmark ruling forcing internet service providers to block illegal ebook download sites in Russia and the US, pirates are the enemy. Author Paulo Coelho believes that “the more people ‘pirate’ a book, the better”. But research commissioned by the government shows that that the literary world has the lowest level of illegal downloads in the entertainment industry.

Just 1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally between March and May 2015, according to the Intellectual Property Office’s study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. This compares favourably to other forms of entertainment, with 9% accessing some of their music illegally, 7% television programmes, 6% films, and 2% computer software and video games.

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