According to the BBC, the French net firms will be monitoring the behavious of French Internet users to check for illegal file-sharing. Persistent offenders will be thrown offline. This move has pleased the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, who describe it as “groundbreaking”.
I wonder if we could see a similar move made in Britain, given the recent concern about file sharing. I would be in two minds about it. On the one hand, it’s good that the creators of music won’t have their music stolen, but on the other hand, that happens all the time – music corporations run off with the rights to songs that other people created. So I don’t think this will be protecting the creators of music so much as the big corporations that never created anything in the first place and are strangling the industry anyway.
Hmm… death by downloads or death by record labels? I’m not sure there’s very much to choose from between the two.