The High Court this morning granted the music industry the power to request the names and addresses of the 28 file sharers the industry aims to litigate against.

Industry association, the BPI, announced its plans to litigate against file sharers last week, immediately commencing proceedings in the court to get the power to get those 28 names.

The first step was to win an order to force the ISPs for those individuals to disclose that data.

Making the order, Mr. Justice Blackburne said: "On the face of it this appears to be a powerful case of copyright infringement."

The ISPs now have 14 days in which to comply with the order.

Once it receives the names and addresses, the BPI will write to the individuals concerned, setting out the details of their infringements and offering them the opportunity to settle the case without proceedings being issued.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: "We are pleased that the Court has granted the order that we were seeking. We are very encouraged by the judge's comments.

"We have said consistently that unauthorised filesharing is illegal, and we will not hesitate to take action against those who infringe our members' rights."