Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New law against internet piracy in France became effective from Jan 1, 2010

France has passed a “three strike law” through Parliament against Internet piracy after a long struggle in parliament and massive opposition from protesters. This law could be a model for solution of Internet piracy in other countries also and it will remind us all that although things can appear to be free on the internet, they do in fact come with a price. So many people are in against so the law and its implication of course should be properly explained and understand.

The legislation, which creates a new government agency, the HADOPI ( the Haute Auto rite pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet, or High Authority for the Diffusion of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet), The law was backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy and the entertainment industry. The new law suggested following three strike steps against internet piracy:

1. In the first instance, if someone is caught downloading illegal content then a warning email will be sent. It is the indication that they’re on to you.

2. Next time you do it they will go one step further to seriousness of your offence and send you a letter in the post.

3 . Finally the third strike, if you keep on persisting you will end up in front of a judge who will have the power to impose a fine and suspend your internet access up to one year.

Sources: BBC news

1. French reject internet piracy bill –news on 9 April, 2009


2. French net piracy will signoff – news on 13 may 2009


3. France to vote on new piracy bill –news on 15 Sep, 2009


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