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New 'Three-Strikes' Law Proposed by France

Bill will be reintroduced in French Parliament

New 'Three-Strikes' Law Proposed by France

PARIS, France -- If at first you don't succeed....With that old saying in mind, another three-strikes graduated response anti-piracy bill will soon be introduced in the French Parliament, according to President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party.

The move comes in the wake of last week's defeat of a legislation that initially passed but was shot down in the final voting.

The bill would've required the cut-off of Internet copyright infringers, following two warnings.

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The new version of the legislation will propose a similar tactic, but will be written in a different manner, with adjusted or revised provisions.

According to Variety, legal experts believe such a bill will eventually be approved, though the approach has been frowned upon by the EU multinational government as well as some of its member nations.

The new version of the bill will now be resubmitted for reconsideration by the National Assembly and Senate.

"The bill's passage is just a matter of the government being committed enough to get it passed," Francois Godard of Enders Analysis told Variety.

But Goddard questioned if it will actually prevent Web piracy and illegal file-sharing.

"The new law won't be effective. Its enforcement provisions are weak," he said.

Screen Digest's Dan Cryan told the entertainment trade there's "no precedent for the threat of legal action working against pirates," noting the Recording Industry Association of America has tried for years.

"At least ISPs aren't being asked to police their customers, throw them off their networks and then absorb the lost subscription revenue," Cryan said. "But there's still the problem of detection."

As CNBC commented, should France pass the law, other countries where three strikes continues to be debated could sway in the direction of passage as well.






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