In particular, France introduced new legislation that sends emails to copyright infringers warning them that their actions can be tracked, and if you get a third violation in six months you can have your internet access blocked, and receive a fine of up to €1,500. They included indirect evidence that P2P sharing has been dropping since the legislation passed (which seems probably), and also made a case to link the legislation to an increase in French iTunes sales. The fact that the increase in iTunes sales occurred before the legislation went into effect somewhat undermines the causal link they want to make.
Still, we would think that U.S. citizens would be pretty happy for such a law to pass here…it has to beat the ludicrous sums of money that RIAA has attempted to extract from violators; awards have made it into 6 digits for a handful of songs that were downloaded (without evidence of sharing). That’s not to say that we in any way endorse piracy or copyright violation, but perhaps customers wouldn’t be so skeptical of the recording industry if the penalties were more in line with crime.
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source: IFPI via All Things D