UK file sharers should expect the UK music industry to begin legal action against them - perhaps as soon as next month.

Industry organization the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has music fans who upload tracks in its sights - and may begin litigation next month, numerous reports warn.

A BPI representative told NME: "There are a small percentage of hardcore internet users who are uploading material regardless of its illegality. It would appear that litigation is the only way to deter them. It’s becoming pretty obvious that litigation needs to be there as a deterrent."

The source added that UK music industry executives fear a broadband-driven "time-bomb", and will litigate to discourage what it sees as copyright abuse, and to drive music lovers to use legitimate services, such as iTunes.