P2P to Be Blocked in France

November 26th, 2007 at 12:00 am


Recent news from the French indicate that local ISP’s are considering blocking (effectively illegalizing) P2P file sharing. The French Government along with the local film and music industry have proposed a pact with French ISP’s to cut off the internet connections of users who violate their new rules on P2P file sharing.

The pact is not actually all encompassing for the beloved file sharing, instead regulations will be imposed and violators will be cut off. According to the agreement, user downloads will be monitored. Illegal downloads will constitute a strike and just like baseballs, after three strikes, you’re out. Harsh? Maybe. The scheme’s details aren’t out yet and the question remains, how do you determine legal and illegal downloads?

French President Sarkozy says, “We run the risk of witnessing a genuine destruction of culture…The Internet must not become a high-tech Far West, 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.” Which is true and the film and music industries both agre.

However, piracy always has its workarounds, how will this pact affect that? Hopefully significantly reduce the crimes but definitely not erradicate it.