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'Three strikes' law passes in France

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 May 2009 20:50 User comments (7)

'Three strikes' law passes in France Last month the French National Assembly surprisingly shot down the extremely controversial 'three strikes' laws which would disconnect alleged pirates from the Internet after two warnings.
This week however, the legislation, backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been passed by the Assembly, putting the laws in the hands of the Senate after over a year of debate.

The bill, dubbed The Creation and Internet bill, passed 296 to 233 and will now head to the Senate on Wednesday for final approval.

The three strikes laws would work as follows: A new regulatory body would send alleged pirates a warning e-mail, then a written letter, and finally cut them off the Internet for one year for a third offense.

Critics of the bill have warned that the bill may lead to innocent people being punished, if their computers or networks are hacked.

The socialist Patrick Bloche adds that the bill is "dangerous, useless, inefficient, and very risky for us citizens".

John Kennedy, chairman of the IFPI, applauded the move, adding that the bill is "an effective and proportionate way of tackling online copyright infringement and migrating users to the wide variety of legal music services in France".

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7 user comments

113.5.2009 0:43

Didn't the EU recently pass something that basically outlawed this law?

213.5.2009 4:04

Ah yes they got what they wanted judge, jury and executioner in one shot. Way to keep that old business model alive. Wonder how long it will take to disconnect everyone and go back to the antiquated business model of controlling it all?

My grandmother once told me "Antiques are old things sometimes worth lots of money, but not all old things are antiques worth money, sometimes it's just junk!"

313.5.2009 5:17

i would not have believed this 10 years back... wasnt it france who gave statue of liberty to USA? Maybe they gave their liberties as well.

Well now we only have to wait someone to make prank on ifpi or france president. I for one would consider it to be quite funny if their connection was closed because someone took over their computer ;-D.

413.5.2009 16:44


515.5.2009 12:26

Originally posted by Amak:
Didn't the EU recently pass something that basically outlawed this law?
Thats the way EU works.
Korruption, and no control by anyone.

617.5.2009 13:52

this is so think that only 4 hours away in israel you could download any shit you like as long as it isnt israeli copyrighted material :P and back in the day when france first overthrew their tyrant of a king they were considered even more liberal and tenacious about their rights then what goes on in USA today

79.3.2010 4:55

glad to hear that France has re-embraced serviced based commercialism=== serving others for a fee..... just wonder who got their pocketc picked.... other than the French Citizens

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