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


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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