French Adopt Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures

France set to cut Web access for music, film pirates:

Under the agreement–drawn up by a commission headed by the chief executive of FNAC, one of France’s biggest music and film retailers–service providers will issue warning messages to customers downloading files illegally. If users ignore those messages, their accounts could be suspended or closed altogether.

The French get this one right and other countries should — and probably eventually will — follow suit.

President Sarkozy: “The Internet must not become a high-tech Far West, a lawless zone where outlaws can pillage works with abandon or, worse, trade in them in total impunity. And on whose backs? On artists’ backs.

Exactly. Support creativity and productivity. Fight piracy.


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