France’s three-strikes copyright rule is dead


This story is a few days old, but it’s worth recording here as well as on BoingBoing, where the link goes to:France’s three-strikes copyright rule is unconstitutional and hence dead – Boing Boing.

Copyright and the internet is one of the key issues for students considering “the impact of new media”. There is no bigger issue, and it amazes me that while people are happy enough to download free stuff, they’re almost completely apathetic when it comes to fighting their corner against the entertainment industry and their attempts to hold back to the tide. It’s as if you “know” you’re wrong and you “deserve” all the punishment the corporations try to dish out – if they catch you red handed.

But as Cory Doctorow points out in an article in his book content, Copyright law exists to protect producers from other producers. It’s meant to stop rival film or record companies ripping each other off. It was never meant as a stick to beat ordinary consumers doing ordinary things. But that’s what the The Strikes rule was all about: cutting off your access to huge chunks of your life just because they felt like accusing you of copyright infringement.