March 16, 2010
3 Strikes and you’re Out…New Piracy Laws
I love Europe. Also I have never been to Europe. So I’m not so sure I would actually “love” all the Countries in Europe. Some of the things that appeal to me about countries like England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and other historic countries in that part of the world are their more liberal attitude with things that most Americans are tight-asses about. Such as their universal health care system that has been in place for 60+ years, or their many topless beaches, just the basic liberal attitude in general. But one thing I’m not fond of in France is their 3 strike rule when it comes to anti-piracy. They have this law that allows someone that is “caught” downloading copyrighted material to have 3 chances to change their evil ways or they will not have internet access anymore. So in France the Federal Government and ISP’s are working together in order to lock out ppl from internet access that have broken the 3 strike rule. And of course in a pathetic attempt to salvage a few dollars from their multi-billion dollar industry, Hollywood lobbyists are trying to influence our very own President Obama to consider the law as France sees it. As I said, I love Europe as well as America but if something like this 3 strike rule flies here in the land of the Free, we will all start to feel a little more Chinese.