France cracks down on illegal downloading

France cracks down on illegal downloading
CBC News

The French government revealed a newly-created anti-piracy body Friday that would have wide-ranging powers, including the ability to cut internet access to people caught illegally downloading movies or music.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the move — aimed at casual piracy and not large-scale piracy — was a "decisive moment for the future of a civilized internet."

Sarkozy said he feared the internet was becoming a "lawless zone where outlaws can pillage works with abandon or, worse, trade in them in total impunity. And on whose backs? On artists' backs."

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