Tuesday, June 4, 2013

France: Liberté, égalité, fraternité and Internet

Eric Pfanner reports to the New York Times that the French government is about to end its 3-strikes (see chart below; FAI=ISP) anti-piracy law, and shutdown Hadopi (see "French Copyright Law - 165 Cases Reached Court; File Sharing Declines" - here and "The French Internet Police: 100,000 Warring Emails have been Sent" - here), the agency that was responsible for its execution.

"Fleur Pellerin [pictured], the French minister in charge of Internet policy, said during a recent visit to a high-technology complex in Sweden that suspending Internet connections was incompatible with the French government’s hopes of spurring growth in the digital economy .. 'Today, it’s not possible to cut off Internet access,' she said. 'It’s something like cutting off water'".

See "French Appear Ready to Soften Law on Media Piracy" - here.

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