France: No Internet for you … if you illegally download

“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.”

This seems like a knee jerk response to a long standing issue. I think Sarkozy needs to understand the issues before he institutes this silly policy. Is he taking a page from the playbook of Bush? (Scare tactics 101)

“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).” (link)

This is passing the buck. The forces the ISPs to police it’s users and then would punish them for lack of enforcement. This is cowardly. How much are they gonna spend on this? You think they could have thought up a better name than ‘Hadopi’.


1 Response to “France: No Internet for you … if you illegally download”

  1. 1 everydayman June 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I used to think France was good place to be. Coffee’s sceneries, and friendly people. Now I don;t wan’t to go there without the internet. to bad.

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