France’s controversial new law covering the disconnection of internet users found to be guilty of illegally downloading copyrighted material is now in effect.
According to the BBC’s article on the law, those who are found to be illegally downloading content will initially be sent an email to warn them to cease their illicit activities. Those who continue to flaunt the law will be sent a plain-old snail-mail letter to inform them of their position. Should that fail to convince users to stop downloading, they’ll be brought before a judge and face either a fine or potential disconnection.
The law has attracted a lot of criticism from those who feel that the ability to disconnect people from the internet entirely is somewhat heavy handed. Indeed, it seems as though those in favour of the new law are of the opinion that it is precisely the harshness of the punishment that will prove the laws strongest feature.
French senator, Michel Thiolliere said in favour of the newly introduced law, “The internet is a fabulous world, but it needs rules, if you want to get cinema, music or video games in the future … What we think is after the first message… about two thirds of the people (will) stop their illegal usages of the internet.”
With that in mind, it seems as though subscription-based and advertisement supported media services like Spotify could be poised to make a killing in France.