French Telcos Point Out How Costly It Is If Sarkozy Forces Them To Be Copyright Cops

from the why-put-the-burden-on-the-telcos? dept

With France still trying to move forward with its plan to require ISPs to remove accused file sharers from the internet via a "three strikes" policy, French telcos and ISPs are protesting the plan, noting that it would cost them millions of dollars to obey the law, and they see no reason why the burden should be on them. This is an important point that often gets missed in the debates over such "three strikes" policies. The problem is that the entertainment industry refuses to adapt its business model to the changing market. There's ample evidence that if they did embrace new business models, they'd do quite well. So why should other companies pay for the entertainment industry's own laziness? And why are politicians (even those who seem to ignore copyright rules themselves) helping to push this through?

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Mar 2009 @ 4:52am

    So are all the pro-copyright people around here fine with this? Increased costs to other businesses.

    Your average French citizen will have copyright costs passed on to them in their monthly ISP bill. And it will also have those costs in any entertainment that is consumed.

    The best part is almost none of this money ends up in the hands of content creators!

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