France is going to punish P2P download

Denis Olivennes

A report from Denis Olivennes, CEO of has been signed this Friday by the french government of Nicolas Sarkozy.

The pact was signed between french government and about 40 associations from Music, Cinema, Television and Internet Service Providers (ISP). However this agreement has been very criticised by french Assembly.

Among the artists who support Olivennes Friday: Thomas Fersen, Patrick Bruel, Calogero, Didier Barbelivien, Jean Reno et Christian Clavier.

Internet users are just starting to discuss about this agreement and it is going to be huge in the blogosphere and medias.

Denis Olivennes : “[…] J’ajoute qu’en l’occurrence, il est précisément question de tout sauf de prison ! Suspendre l’abonnement après trois avertissements, ce n’est ni une condamnation, ni une amende ni une peine de prison […]”
(translation: “It is everything but jail. Suspend internet access after three warnings is not a conviction, a ticket or jail”)

The pact plans to send a notice to the internet user after three P2P downloads. If the user does it again, he won’t have access to internet (done by ISP) and he could be put on a blacklist.

So the internet user won’t be able to connect to the internet!

Sarkozy said: « J’avais pris des engagements sur le droit d’auteur avant les élections. Chaque artiste doit voir son travail rémunéré, je ne transigerai pas sur ce point. »
(translation: “I took the pledge on copyrights before the elections. Every artist should see his work paid. I won’t compromise over this.”)

And : “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” he said.

But currently the law is not applied and even if it’s applied one day, we are going to see other alternatives for illegal music and movies downloading.

And besides how could the independent authority technically detect automatically the P2P downloads ?

And what about the prices in France if a lot of people P2P download ?

Here in Canada I pay CAD$ 3.99 to rent a DVD. When I was in France in the previous months it was about CAD$6.75 (4.50€).
And it’s the same for CD. It’s about 30% more expensive in France than in Canada.

May be a drop in prices could help a little the entire industry?

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