French ‘three strikes’ piracy law faces major reversal as leaders question ultimate penalty

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France’s tough piracy policy, which allowed for copyright infringers’ internet connections to be suspended, is likely to be toned down, according to a report from The New York Times. Under current law, anyone caught pirating copyrighted material three times in a year (after receiving two warnings), is liable to have their internet connection disconnected. The law was then-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s grand scheme to clamp down on copyright infringement and protect the country’s creative industries. However, a new report has recommended modifying the law to drop suspensions in favor of a €60 (around $ 78) fine.

Although no planned modification to the policy has been made public, comments from high-ranking officials show that the present…

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