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France clamps down on Internet piracy


"The French are champions when it comes to Internet piracy," said Pascal Rogard, director of the SACD group of song and scriptwriters.



An e-mail warning would be sent to suspected downloaders followed by a registered letter. After two strikes, offenders would risk losing their Internet subscription for up to a year.

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The Performing Rights Society (and the BPI) was pushing that some time ago here - but were told by the boss of one of the isps that he 'was not an internet policeman' :lol. The BPI (formerly known as British Phonographic Industry) is the body that represents the British recorded music business.




Regarding PRS - try this (from here))


"While we've seen performing rights groups like ASCAP be overly aggressive in trying to collect money from anyone holding a "performance" of music, it seems that the UK's "Performing Right Society" (PRS) is pushing the boundaries even more. This is the same group that we noted last year had sued a bunch of auto mechanics for listening to radios in their garages loud enough that customers in the waiting room could hear them. Yes, the PRS insisted that this required a performance license.


It appears that PRS representatives just go around the UK these days trying to see if they can hear music anywhere. One den of piracy that they discovered? Police stations! Yes, they're now accusing 34 police stations with failing to pay for a license because officers were listening to music loud enough that others could hear it. These would be the same police that are out arresting people recently for "Conspiracy To Defraud The Music Industry." Perhaps they should be checking themselves out as well."

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