France threatens draconian internet piracy law

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Sacre bleu! According to the Financial Times, authorities in France are set to introduce rules which could mean people are accused of internet piracy, and thrown off the internet, without their guilt having been proven in a court of law.

According to the FT, French internet users found to be downloading copyrighted music and films without paying for them would get three warnings before being cut off for from the net for up to a year. Until now, action against illegal file-sharing has been a matter for the French courts.

While there’s no doubt that something needs to be done to combat internet piracy, a “three-strikes and you’re out” rule seems draconian to me, and is likely to cause headaches for ISPs and Wi-Fi users alike. Customers who are about to be cut off from the net could claim that other people have been illegally piggybacking on their…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.