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Anti-piracy pact aims to nail online offenders in France

A three way pact between ISPs, Government of France and the music and film industries aims to nail down media piracy by detecting illegal file sharing and severing the internet connections of users defying the warnings.

An excerpt from NY Times

An independent authority, supervised by a judge, will be set up and put in charge of deciding when to issue electronic warning messages to Internet users.

The deal also creates obligations for film and music companies to make their works available online more quickly and to remove technical barriers like those that make music tracks unreadable on certain platforms.

The international recording industry hailed the move.

The newly setup anti-piracy body will be sent information by the ISPs on users who persistently share files online. They will be given warnings and in the extreme case the user's net connection would be suspended.

When it comes to network monitoring there are several gray areas on exactly pinpointing whether a high traffic is indeed illegal file transfer. However, the problems aside, the media would do well with some initiative that legalizes online music (HuffingtonPost).

Is this anti-piracy model a strict albeit effective method to curb content piracy?

More information:

France unveils anti-piracy plan (BBC)

Pirates face crackdown over movie downloads (Guardian)

Piracy war rages on (Variety)

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