Dy’er Sez: This is the most draconian proposal (apparently, soon to be a law) I have ever seen concerning people who download copyrighted material illegally. It seems that the recording and movie industry has gone way, overboard (and, just a hunch, I wonder how much political ‘seed’ money they have spent in French political circles).
As an owner of copyrighted material, I fully understand the need to protect one’s work, but this is simply not the way to go about it. More so, when you think about how easy it would be to abuse (or legally ‘extend’ the internet loss to) free speech rights and start to target those who speak out against their government or it’s allies (like other governments and large corporations).
I wonder if we will see this happen here too?
Story from BBC:
French ‘pass’ piracy legislation
The French National Assembly has passed a draft law that would allow illegal downloaders to be thrown off the net. The law was narrowly passed by 285 votes to 225.
The French hard-line policy on piracy has drawn worldwide attention as nations around the globe grapple with the issue of piracy.
The ruling majority UMP voted in favour but the Socialist Party has already announced that they will appeal to the Constitutional Court once again.
An earlier version of the bill was ruled unconstitutional and a compromise version was hammered out.