French film and music stars could soon enjoy better protection from internet pirates. The government plans to set up a new anti-piracy body with internet providers and the entertainment industry to track those illegally downloading records and movies. Offenders could lose internet access. Denis Olivennes from France’s biggest music and film retailer, FNAC, says: “I’m not talking about the big pirates, I’m talking about my children and yours. We’re warning them it’s illegal. No’one’s going to prison or even being fined.”
The scheme is still in the planning stages, but already many are disputing the practicalities of it. For example, if someone downloads via wi-fi, who gets blamed? And consumer rights experts question its legality since judge and jury would be a non-judiciary body.