France declares war on movie, music pirates

Illegally distribute films and music and we’ll cut off your Internet access, the French government has warned.

The penalty is part of a range of measures to deal with the unauthorized copying of music and video online proposed by the French Ministry of Culture on Friday 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 unauthorized file-sharing a criminal offense punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of

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