France Strikes Out: Approves Cutting People Off The Internet

I think the French do not like internet to begin with and this just makes for an effort in the direction of using internet less and less. They are actually very smart. They can save their population from another “great technology for progress” which will probably ruin millions of lives like TV did. However, we are not supposed to say anything because it is politically-incorrect. All progress is great and that is that. Isn’t it??


via Techdirt by Michael Masnick on 5/12/09

It was quite a surprise when French politicians rejected a “three strikes” (or, as Bill Patry calls it: “the digital guillotine”) law that would have ISPs disconnect file sharers from the internet on three accusations (not convictions). However, seeing as French president Nicolas Sarkozy was a huge supporter of this idea (despite the fact that he had no problems infringing copyrights himself), you knew it would come back. And, indeed, it’s back. France’s National Assembly has now approved a three strikes law by a vote of 296 to 233. It’s expected that the upper house of the French Parliament will approve it tomorrow.

Of course, there are significant questions about the legality of the law. Considering that the EU just said that such a three strikes policy is not allowed, you have to imagine that we haven’t heard the last about whether or not this new law is considered legitimate.

Still, the thing that is most amusing about this is how supporters of such three strikes rules somehow seem to think that this will suddenly make people buy again. There’s no evidence that this is true, whatsoever. But the main backer of this bill in France claims that this is:

“an important step toward preserving cultural diversity and the industries threatened by piracy.”

How? By kicking fans of the work offline? The most telling part of this statement is that it’s about preserving the industries “threatened” by piracy, not the actual creators of content. That’s because this is a law to protect legacy industries, not content creators.

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