[NYTimes] Once Again, France Will Vote on ‘3 Strikes’ Rule on Piracy
PARIS — A French “three strikes” plan for digital piracy is getting its second chance. As expected, the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy last week revived a proposal to crack down on online piracy by cutting off the Internet connections of people who ignored two warnings to stop unauthorized downloads of copyrighted movies and music. [...]
“If there is no legitimacy to the law, people will have more grounds to fight,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, director (ndlqdn Jérémie est co-fondateur et actuellement porte-parole de La Quadrature du Net) of La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group in Paris.
Any organized fight aimed at exploiting perceived inconsistencies between French and European Union law through the court system could take a long time.
In the meantime, even if the French bill passes, it could be a while before the procedure for cutting off Internet accounts goes into effect.
Under the proposal, Internet users who installed software to block unauthorized downloads of material would be exempt from the warnings and potential cutoff. Mr. Zimmermann said there was no such software available to consumers now.