According to a recent article on the Financial Times site, ‘internet users in France who download music and films without paying for them could find their web access shut down by a government body.’
The proposal originated with FNAC, an entertainment retailer. According to the article, the proposal has a good chance of being accepted.
‘In exchange for the clampdown on illegal downloading, the music industry has agreed to make individual downloads of archive French material available on all types of players by dropping digital rights management protection. The French film industry has agreed to release DVDs more quickly after a film’s first cinema screening, reducing the delay from 7½ months to 6 months. However, consumer groups and even some of Mr Sarkozy’s own members of parliament on Thursday attacked the proposal for a new internet policeman as a threat to civil liberties