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France tackles ISPs in online piracy battle

Eklavya Gupte, London

In the past, copyright owners have targeted website owners and the consumers who download illegally from them in their fight against music and movie pirates

But now the French government is forcing the internet middlemen to play a role in catching copyright infringers.

On November 23, the French government announced it is to set up an independent body which will send out warnings to individuals who share files over the internet illegally. It will do so with the help of internet service providers (ISPs).

If downloaders refuse to comply, they will risk having their internet accounts suspended or terminated.

The plan was backed by representatives of ISPs as well as music producers and artists. It was developed after Denis Olivennes, from the French retailer FNAC, issued a report outlining proposals to curb online piracy and...

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