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Controversial plan finally sees legislative approval

France's presidential cabinet endorsed the controversial “three-strikes†plan late last week, which will disconnect French pirates from their broadband connections if caught downloading illegal material three times.
Set to take effect this January, French web surfers on their third strike will be kicked off their internet connection for a period of one year. For strikes one and two, surfers will receive written warnings via e-mail and registered mail.

A similar plan in the European Union was voted down last April, with many EU member countries citing concerns over civil liberties and human rights. France's plans continues unaffected however – The New York Times called the EU vote “symbolic†-- as member nations are generally permitted to govern themselves as they see fit.

The French content industry “hailed†the three-strikes law as a model for the European Union as a whole.

“This is the most important initiative to help win the war on online piracy that we have seen,†said IFPI executive John Kennedy.

“There is no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone,†said French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

A number of European news sources noted that Sarkozy seems to have taken a personal interest piracy after marrying Italian model and folk singer Carla Bruni.

“We run the risk of witnessing a genuine destruction of culture,†said Sarkozy at the proposal's introduction in November 2007, who called it a "decisive moment for the future of a civilized Internet."

Speaking last April, Kennedy said that governments generally decided that there is “no easy solution,†and that banning pirates from the internet serves to be the “most attractive†option available.

Enforcement will be handled by a newly-created administrative copyright-enforcement agency called “Hadopi,†which stands for the French version of “High authority for copyright protection and dissemination of works on the internet.†The firm will receive complaints from copyright owners and hand out punishments when necessary.

France's Culture Minister, Christine Albanel, said the law's purpose was to replace criminal sanctions with “dissuasion,†and notes that banning people from the Internet takes a “preventative and educational approach.â€

The law faces stiff resistance from a wide variety of government and public interest groups, including France's own data protection agency. French newspaper Libération noted that families could lose their internet connection if their children – or neighbors' children – downloaded music via an unprotected wireless router.

The Times Online notes that the French entertainment industry will drop “existing copyright protection†-- presumably meaning that they will strip DRM – from media purchased in France, in order to facilitate its playback on a wide variety of devices.
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ROFL. It's only a matter of time before the population of the interwebz rises up in open rebelion.

VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
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wow, cool? Now they can stop suing single mothers for large sums of cash
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What do they do if they catch you DLing pirated stuff a fourth time?
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wow, cool? Now they can stop suing single mothers for large sums of cash
Her financial situation shouldn't have an bearing on the severity of the penalty. Such a penalty would be too harsh regardless.

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What do they do if they catch you DLing pirated stuff a fourth time?
You get sued for large sums of cash as though you were a single mother living in Minnesota.
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Mmh. I should warn some friends...
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Better yet, what if you are downloading in a cafe, or no, wait...library! Will they ban them?

Student: "Excuse me mam. Excuse me...how come I cannot view the central library catalogue?"
Librarian: "Oh, sorry, our branch connection to the Internet has been banned for one year due to illegal downloading. You can always try another branch or come back later."



Another poorly thought out scheme. I think they need to go back to the drawing board.
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Better yet, what if you are downloading in a cafe, or no, wait...library! Will they ban them?

Student: "Excuse me mam. Excuse me...how come I cannot view the central library catalogue?"
Librarian: "Oh, sorry, our branch connection to the Internet has been banned for one year due to illegal downloading. You can always try another branch or come back later."



Another poorly thought out scheme. I think they need to go back to the drawing board.
It can't be that hard to restrict downloading in library/cafe computers.

If not by software locks, then by watching what people do
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It can't be that hard to restrict downloading in library/cafe computers.

If not by software locks, then by watching what people do
From those that want to download, believe me, it's hard. I know how many people I see downloading when I go to sit at almost any coffee shop. You'd think it would not be so easy...

Maybe they'll hire professional computer watchers. They stand above you watching what you are accessing.

Lol!
Edited by dejanh - 6/24/08 at 2:15pm
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I don't see why they bother. People are going to download illegal crap no matter what. Most people cannot afford buying software and other crap with ridiculously high prices. Till they begin putting software at decent prices will people begin to "somewhat" stop with this downloading this stuff off the internet.
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