Monday, May 12, 2008

French 3 strikes bill struggling to get on the statute books

According to Danny O'Brien of the EFF, the process of getting a file sharing 3 strikes law on the statute books in France is proving to be slightly more problematic than supporters of the move had hoped, despite the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the French government, the ISPs and the music industry earlier in the year.
"Six months on from the original Olivennes report, with growing objections across Europe, collapsing support for Sarkozy's administration at home, and still no "three strikes" law on any statute books, the entertainment industry is getting a little antsy. Last week, the French RIAA, le Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (SNEP), announced a deadline to Sarkozy's ministers. Hervé Rony, SNEP spokesman, said "it would not be acceptable" for the three strikes law to miss the French Parliament's Summer schedule.

It looks like SNEP's demands are not going to be met. Before the "Loi Olivennes" can even reach parliament, it has to be examined by the French Counseil d'Etat, the senior jurists that advise the French executive and acts as France's supreme court.

They are not rushing their analysis. Just why might be gleaned from the leaked copy of the law sent to them for consideration (provided by Squaring the Net in French). Even after being moderated from earlier drafts, the document still describes a stunning shift in judicial and enforcement, both offline and on."

Thanks to Glyn at ORG for the pointer.

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