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Why France’s three strikes rule is unworkable

Why France’s three strikes rule is unworkable

Sacre bleu! News broke last week that France is set to introduce rules which could mean people are accused of internet piracy, and thrown off the internet, without their guilt having been proven in a court of law.

According to media reports, French internet users found to be downloading copyrighted music and films without paying for them would get three warnings before having their connection cut for up to a year.

Until now, action against illegal file-sharing has been a matter for the French courts, so to say this is somewhat of a ‘controversial’ ruling is spot on. While there’s no doubt that something needs to be done to combat internet piracy, a ‘three-strikes and you’re out’ rule just seems a tad draconian to me.


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