France disconnecting pirates

The French government plans to cut off Internet access for constant offenders of download piracy. The penalty is part of a range of measures to deal with the unauthorised copying of music and video online proposed by the French Ministry of Culture including watermarking content, tracking surfers' activities, and creating a registry of those accused by copyright holders of piracy.

Minister for culture Christine Albanel said the problem of digital piracy was urgent – despite the introduction last year of a controversial law that made unauthorised file-sharing a criminal offence punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of E30,000.

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