Tuesday, July 08, 2008

France tries to make 'net users into criminals!

Last November saw the French government, lead by right wing President Nicolas Sarkozy, impose a law which meant that anyone suspected of using P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing software to spread copyrighted videos and music illegally over the Internet could have their connection severed.

The legislation is even having trouble getting passed in France, with fierce critics both within the country and outside. So the chances of this getting ratified by all the member states of Europe is unlikely.

However, the fact that France is even promoting this change to the law for a whole continent is a worrying development. Illegal file-sharing is wrong, but how you deal with it isn’t to ban everyone you suspect of wrongdoing.

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