France drops three strikes

July 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The BBC reports:

has halted an anti-piracy policy that threatened persistent offenders with internet bans.

A law passed by the previous government had let local courts suspend infringers’ connectivity for up to a month if they were caught three times.

It was supported by the entertainment industry, but France’s current culture minister had said that she thought the penalty was “disproportionate”.

File-sharers still face fines of up to 1,500 euros ($1,923; £1,292).

The government added that it would now focus its efforts on sites that made money from offering illegally copied content rather than individual users.

Suspension is disproportionate. Good to see France call a halt to it.

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3 Responses to “France drops three strikes”

  1. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    The twist is in the tail though.

    The government added that it would now focus its efforts on sites that made money from offering illegally copied content rather than individual users

    So all cloud based server owners are now in the same position as Megaupload.

    They have succumbed to the entertainment industries which means that the French can now expect the FBI to repeat the performance they organised here rather than do what they should and change the way they do business.

    We await the outcry when the Froggies get their toenails clipped.

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  2. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    This is complete and utter bullshit.

    There is no way governments and taxpayers should be involved in prosecuting file sharers.

    If copyright holders believe their rights have been infringed than there are civil remedies.

    I repeat-

    Enforcing copyright is not a police/ government issue.

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  3. Harriet (4,497 comments) says:

    “…Suspension is disproportionate. Good to see France call a halt to it….”

    You’re wrong David.

    This is the same crap way that the NZ police take with drugs: policing the supply side and ‘hardly’ policing the demand side!

    File sharers will simply be replaced with other file sharers and the customers will continue to purchase files.

    Drugs are still available no matter how many and how long dealers are locked up for! :cool:

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