Daily Archives: June 26, 2009

Copyright enforcement v constitutional rights

There has been an interesting development in France’s attempt to reduce illegal downloading of copyrighted materials.  The idea was to implement a “three strikes and you are out” rule, the penalty being suspension of internet connection to those repeatedly infringing copyright through illegal downloads. 

According to the Register,

“Judges deemed that two parts of the legislation …contravened two major areas of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen”.

They go on to report however that:

“the French Government would resubmit the law to Parliament, taking account of the Court’s objections”

France isn’t the first country to try (and so far fail) and implement such a system.  ZeroPaid.com reports similar stories from both Spain,  and New Zealand.

Seems the possibility that such measures could help reduce internet piracy by up to 70% are just too tempting despite the controversy? (see reference to the “Digital Britain Report”  again on ZeroPaid.com)