France wants to crack down on illegal file-sharing

By Derek Sooman on March 10, 2006, 9:15 AM
The French National Assembly is currently debating proposals to crack down on file-sharing on the internet. New laws would see home users who illegally download music and films face fines, and there would be jail terms for those who distribute anti-copyright software. Currently, the law in France is such that users can download as much as they like for a small fee, but the government there wants to delete the amendment that makes this possible.

During the debate, minister Mr Sarkozy said: "Young people must have the right to be able to make private copies, but industrial illegal downloading is theft."

Opponent Christine Boutin, a member of the UMP majority, said the government tactics would simply "push internet users to piracy".

A vote on the legislation is expected to be held on Wednesday 15 March.

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PanicX said:
Finally! I'm sooo sick of only finding french versions of the stuff I want!
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Finally! I'm sooo sick of only finding french versions of the stuff I want![/quote]Talking French as a primary language, I also agree with you. We often have very bad translations with the "international french" accent which I just can't listen to. When I watch a movie, I want it in the original language(If it's not French or English, I put the subtitles).
eko said:
If you want to break piracy, the easiest way is to provide the customer with more affordable products. As long as you have to pay huge amounts of money for a movie you look at once per year or so, it's clear that you will get pirated. I think it's much more expensive to try and develop anti-piracy programs than to sell cheaper some movies/music. Plus that you only get anger from the people at every level... Bu that's just a personal opinion...
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