Thursday, June 19, 2008

France's “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” scheme goes after Internet downloaders...

Anyone who persists in illicit downloading of music or films will be barred from broadband access under a controversial new law that makes France a pioneer in combating internet piracy. 

“There is no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone,” President Sarkozy told his Cabinet yesterday as it endorsed the “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” scheme that from next January will hit illegal downloaders where it hurts. 

Under a cross-industry agreement, internet service providers (ISPs) must cut off access for up to a year for third-time offenders.

In a classical French approach the scheme will be enforced by a new £15 million a year state agency, to be called Hadopi (high authority for copyright protection and dissemination of works on the internet). More...

See also: On-line pirates win a battle in Spain...

And this: WTF! Aussie cops downloading movies!!!

And this: What is peer-to-peer downloading all about?

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