French "three-strikes" law ruled unconstitutional

By Jos
Jun 10, 2009
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  1. It appears that France’s controversial three strikes anti-piracy law, which would disconnect repeat Internet copyright infringers for up to a year, won’t come to fruition after all. Even though it passed the country’s National Assembly last month, after some initial resistance and tremendous pressure from the Sarkozy regime on the other side, the French Constitutional Council today overturned the decision claiming that communication and liberty of expression are fundamental rights that only a judge can rule on.

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  2. gamerguy53

    gamerguy53 Newcomer, in training Posts: 46

  3. tengeta

    tengeta TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632

    What artistic creation?

    Make something deserving of a copyright and people MIGHT respect it. Keep garbling crap out that's not worth the price of admission... and people won't pay the price of admission.
  4. This caused me to have a one word reaction: "heh"
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    oooohhh!! A copyright infringement warning! I am quaking in my boots.
  6. JDoors

    JDoors Newcomer, in training Posts: 62

    So access to the Internet is now a Constitutional Right that cannot be infringed without due process? That seems a little extreme, even for France.
  7. It's not. The Constitutional Council said that freedom of expression is a basic right and nowadays Internet is a common tool to exert this this. Depriving of this tool is limiting the use of this right. That's something only a judge can decide. Also, and mostly, the CC said this law was unconstitutional because the people were presumed guilty and had to prove their innocence, something contrary to the Declaration of the Human Rights
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