Crackdown on piracy, the French way


French politicians have their sights set on drastic measures to combat internet pirates. The ‘Creation and Internet’ law would allow a state-run agency the right to cut internet access to those caught illegally sharing files. Deputies from the ruling UMP party voted to adopt the contested measure , overriding the socialist opposition which is calling it, ‘an assault on public and individual liberties.’ As it’s going, if you’re caught downloading pirated data more than twice you could have your internet banned for up to a year. More than 10,000 French artists, filmmakers and musicians signed a petition in support of the bill, while consumer rights groups and tech firms are calling it a ‘legal monstrosity.’

[via Times Online]


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