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Global row building over Music Piracy and illegal filesharing

FT.com has revealed that the French government (opens in new tab) is planning to send email warnings to anyone who would be caught sharing music files illegally.

According to Jean Berbinau, general secretary of ARMT, the French regulatory authority for digital copyright, the French authorities have to intervene because of illegal file sharing has reached alarming proportions in the country of cheese and wine.

France has announced they would move forward with "three-strikes-and-you're-out" of the internet approach towards hardened Internet pirates, a proposal that was initially made last November (opens in new tab).

The proposals by Berbinau echo the earlier calls by the IFPI to ISPs to take a greater share of responsibility in the fight against illegal file sharing in general.

This came (opens in new tab) as the music industry suffered yet another year which saw a marked decrease in revenues.

In related news, U2 Manager, Paul McGuiness (opens in new tab) has backed the French government plans and has urged others to follow suit by cutting web connections for those who indulge in illegal file sharing.

McGuiness also revealed that the honesty principle method adopted by Radiohead to release their latest album had backfired with the illegal downloads taking the lion share although the album was available for free on Radiohead's website.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.