But to prevent the studios from blocking the copying of all films, the commission restricted its use to either a 90-day period from the first activation of the blocking technology for any film, or until the movie’s release in a prerecorded format like DVD or Blu-Ray, which ever comes first. The bureau also said it planned a detailed review of the technology’s impact, and required companies that use the technology to provide a report on its effect in its first two years. source
France’s Three-Strikes Law for Internet Piracy Hasn’t Brought Any Penalties
By ERIC PFANNER Published: July 18, 2010PARIS — Nearly three years ago President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed what was to have been the world’s toughest crackdown on illegal file-sharing. After two years of political, judicial and regulatory setbacks, the legislation was approved last September, authorizing the suspension of Internet access to pirates who ignored two warnings to quit. Early this year, the government set up an agency to implement the law.
Since then, not a single warning has been sent out; not a single broadband connection has been cut. (...) The first warnings would be sent out “before long,” she added.
But she did not give a date, and news reports have shown growing unease about the legislation. Even some lawmakers in Mr. Sarkozy’s party have expressed doubts.
Jean-Claude Larue, the head of a trade group representing video game publishers, questioned the cost of tracking pirated works, after officials of the new agency said they planned to pursue only the most prolific pirates, rather than all violators.
As consumer preferences and technology change, some people in the music industry are proposing new ways to deal with piracy. For example, PRS for Music, a royalty collection agency in Britain, proposed a levy on Internet service providers, based on the amount of pirated music that passes through their networks. The British government also recently approved legislation for a three-strikes approach. But, as in France, the measure has yet to be implemented.
The French government seems unlikely to scrap the system, given the amount of political energy that has been expended. Some rights holders are keeping the faith.
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