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September 15, 2009
Posted: 1731 GMT

A few minutes before today's first edition of I-Desk, we got word of a bill approved by France's lower house of parliament. Normally, this wouldn't make news. But, this time, it caught our attention. And, here's why:

The bill aims at cracking down on illegal internet downloads. It's an issue that has plagued the "information superhighway" for several years. Countries all over the world have made attempts at stopping internet piracy... And, frankly, most have failed. But, in this law, France proposes suspending internet use for people caught performing illegal downloads. That's right, lawmakers want to cancel the internet for online criminals.

The law has already gone through legal wranglings, including a ruling from a constitutional court. And, it's expected to continue moving through the court system. Yet, some are commending France's aggressive moves to stop internet piracy - namely, recording artists, artists, and producers. But, is the proposal going too far? And, more importantly, can it even be enforced?

For now, the law remains in parliament. The next step is for a joint committee to take a look at it and vote. But, there's little doubt, that if it's approved, the law could have a significant impact on internet users everywhere.

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Mana   September 23rd, 2009 2:03 pm ET

Hope this French "kick off law" have a significant impact on internet users everywhere, as Javier commented. It should help to eliminate child pornography and scams. This media should only be used to inform, to hear the voices of the innocent unforgotten people around the word, for worthy causes as to compromise ourselves with a better planet for our children.
Thanks for keeping us informed!

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