France proposes to cut off persistent internet pirates
By Ben Hall in Paris
Published: November 23 2007 02:00 | Last updated: November 23 2007 02:00
Internet users in France who download music and films without paying for them could find their web access shut down by a government body, under a ground-breaking industry agreement backed by Nicolas Sarkozy, the president.
The plan, which Mr Sarkozy is to endorse in a speech today, will put France at the forefront of the battle against internet piracy with a three-strikes-and-you-are-out policy against repeat offenders.
The proposed enforcement body would use information collected by internet service providers on their high -volume users to detect illegal file-sharing. Persistent offenders would be cautioned but could see their internet accounts suspended or terminated if they ignored as few as two warnings.
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