[AFR] Copyright cheats face the music in France

The curtain has risen on the third act of one of the most ambitious French musical productions, one whose goal is to end digital piracy. [...]

But the curtain has not yet come down for the fallen file-sharers. As a presidential election nears, opposition to the law is heating up. [...]

Rivals [...], who championed the measure, say that it infringes on civil liberties. His opponents, building on the momentum from a successful campaign to defeat two US congressional bills aimed at curbing piracy, as well as a swell of protest against an international copyright treaty, want to repeal or revamp the French law. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a group that campaigns against restrictions on the internet, said " the law had resulted in increased use of virtual private network software and other anonymity tools."

Apparently some of its intimidation is having a psychological effect,” he said of the three-strikes law, but added: “The political costs of creating an institution like this are tremendous.

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