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Some of the world's toughest laws to fight internet piracy have come in to effect in France.The laws were passed after a close vote in the French parliament and faced strong opposition from groups against internet restrictions.A new agency has been created that will send warning letters to copyright violators.Those who ignore two warnings risk being fined and or disconnected from their internet service.Supporters of the law, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, say it is a model for other countries around the world that want to protect their creative industries and make clear to ordinary web users that not everything is free.It is expected that 95 per cent of people who receive a second written warning will stop engaging in illegal internet downloads.
After extended legal battles, France’s President Sarkozy finally got his way. This year will see some of the most aggressive anti-piracy action against citizens which, if ministers are to be believed, will dramatically reduce online piracy. This might be possible, if the measures weren’t so easily circumvented.