by Mike Masnick
Wed, Mar 11th 2009 6:58am
Even with cutbacks, you have to hand it to entertainment industry lobbyists who are able to push through similar legislation around the world. The latest is that South Korea is joining the ranks of countries like New Zealand and France in pushing for a "three strikes" rule that would kick users off the internet after being accused (not found guilty) of unauthorized file sharing. Notice how this works, of course. Just last week, New Zealand officials were defending this plan by saying they were only doing what plenty of other countries had already done (which isn't true, since no one has made such a plan into law yet). But, by getting many countries to introduce vaguely similar laws, everyone can just claim "oh look, it's what country X is doing, and we need to do the same thing to stay current." It's how the entertainment industry has forced legal changes world wide for years.
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