Originally Posted by HarryT
Well, to go against the prevailing opinion, personally I think that this is excellent news. So called file "sharers" need to be given a strong signal that their crimes are not "acceptable" and this is a very good way to do it.
Vive la France! Let us hope that other EU countries soon join the French in their enlightened law making.
well harry, i'm not surprised by your reaction, but please take into account how profoundly flawed this law is. it is unreliable, being based on IP addresses alone ; will lead to many false accusations and errors ; will be very costly to implement (implementation and management by the state) at a time when supposedly money is in short supply ; will not generate ANY revenue to compensate content creators ; goes AGAINST the European Parliament ; is easily gotten around by anyone who really wants to and therefore effective only against people with little technical knowledge, who are by that very fact unlikely to be large-scale copiers ; it's obsolete ; and according to the Socialist Deputy Patrick Bloche, it is "absurd".
I can't believe even you would be in favor of any legislation which so clearly erodes such basic civil rights as the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial and an unbiased judgement by a competent judicial authority, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
as for "vive la france", this law is in NO WAY representative of the MAJORITY of french people. and as for enlightened, this law is so backwards it's ludicrous. let's hope on the contrary that the few authoritarian technologically ignorant idiots who voted this will soon be knocked down by the overwhelmingly more enlightened opposition on a national as well as a european level.