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Old 04-29-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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Second attempt to pass French anti file-sharing law

An interesting article on the BBC News web site reports that a bill which could disconnect people caught illegally downloading music three times is returning to the French parliament, after being surprisingly defeated earlier in the month:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8024475.stm

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"President Sarkozy has been a true champion of intellectual property rights and the proposed law is an effective and proportionate way of tackling online copyright infringement and migrating users to the wide variety of legal music services in France."
comments John Kennedy, chairman of the IFPI, which represents the global music industry.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:19 PM   #2
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Quote: "A new state agency would first send illegal file-sharers a warning e-mail, then a letter, and finally cut off their connection for a year if they were caught a third time."
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Ah, a new state agency! So much for small government....

And are they supposed to monitor every Frenchie's internet use, 24/7, just to please the content-providers? And knowing the French, are porn clips exempt?

And what if your neighbor piggy-backed on your wireless? And what if your 11 year old's friends were over and did it? And what if, and what if....

Just idiotic!
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What, really, is the target of that law?

Illegal downloads (which can be completely passive, download from usenet, for example), or P2P file sharing?

The first goal would be tricky to implement (full control of our net connections?), the second one insufficient (Rapidshare/usenet all of a sudden becomes hot in France).
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Quote: "A new state agency would first send illegal file-sharers a warning e-mail, then a letter, and finally cut off their connection for a year if they were caught a third time."
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Ah, a new state agency! So much for small government....

And are they supposed to monitor every Frenchie's internet use, 24/7, just to please the content-providers?

And what if your neighbor piggy-backed on your wireless? And what if your 11 year old's friends were over and did it? And what if, and what if....

Just idiotic!
It's an unworkable scheme, everything about it from the ground up screams 'over-reaction'. But you can bet that the ones who get 'hit' with this (if it ever passes) will be heavy-filesharers. They'll be identified by their IP's through amount of traffic used, then monitored for anything that seems remotely 'illegal', and then they'll get the banhammer whether they are guilty or not.

Hopefully this won't pass, and then Sarkozy can go and crawl away back to the pits of Hell from whence he came
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Yes, and he has an agenda so we should not listen to him.
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That one was adopted by the Assemblée national yesterday. Will most likley be validated by senate.

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