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Sunday, January 3, 2010

French Piracy Law in Effect

France's new Internet piracy law is now in effect. According to the law, which was vehemently opposed by online free speech advocates, illegal file-sharers will receive a warning e-mail, then a written warning, and will be ordered to face a judge on subsequent transgressions. The judge may fine the offender or restrict his access to the Internet.

The bill created a new department of justice - HADOPI, or the Higher Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Copyright on the Internet - and was backed by both the president and entertainment industry. However, it faced a lengthy battle through parliament, and similar measures in other Western countries face bitter opposition from many opponents.

Meanwhile, Pres. Sarkozy has been connected to two incidents of reported © C Harris Lynn, 2010

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