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French plan e-mail warnings for illegal downloads

28 января 2008

Legislation allowing the French government to send e-mail warnings to anyone downloading music tracks without paying for them should be passed by the summer, a senior official said on Sunday.

Illegal downloading in France had reached such a point, said Jean BERBINAU, general secretary of Armt, the regulatory authority for digital copyright, that the authorities had to act.

French plan e-mail warnings for illegal downloads“We have to do something, but it is only transitional, only to give time to the industry to adapt and maybe to encourage a new business model,” said Mr.Berbinau at the Midem international music market.

He is charged with implementing the measures announced last year by French president Nicolas SARKOZY.
They include a “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” policy for people downloading illegally.

After two warnings, another breach would mean internet service providers would have to block a person’s web access.

The e-mail warnings, which would tell people they had been caught breaking copyright laws, would not only be sent to those involved in large-scale file-sharing, he said.

“They would be sent to each IP address.
It is not a huge technical challenge.”

Mr. Berbinau did not agree with Professor Lawrence LESSIG, who urged delegates to Midem to realise that criminalising young music fans was not the way to cope with the problems.

“I don’t think it is possible for society to have laws and then to tolerate a universal breach of them,” he added.

Источник: Financial Times

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