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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > French Punishment for Infringement Too Severe

French Punishment for Infringement Too Severe

French Punishment for Infringement Too Severe

Added: Monday, September 5th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The critics of copyright legislation have been warning for a while now that the punishment for the infringement was far too severe for the crime committed. Although they said nothing new about the issue, it seems to be heating up in the European Union at the moment. One of the French news websites recently decided to compare the penalties for copyright infringement to the penalties for a number of other offenses. The results appeared a little scary.

The action was inspired by a recent conviction in Sweden. The industry observers wondered, if a person could be put in prison for three years for merely file-sharing, then what other crimes could this person commit in order to get an equal sentence? According to the report, the answers speak for themselves: the list of the offenses that could earn someone a jail sentence similar to that for file-sharing includes manslaughter, theft, and obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, the offences able to land someone in prison for less time include sexual exhibition, harassment, and destruction of other people’s property.

What the industry experts and ordinary citizens really wonder is what’s wrong with the country’s legal system saying that if someone is caught file-sharing, they could get a sentence as long as someone who killed a human. Nevertheless, it has been quite an effective way to show just how extreme the punishment has become for such trivial thing as having a copyrighted work in your shared directory. The matter is that with many of those offenses in the list people are being directly harmed, while someone could hardly make a convincing case that file-sharing becomes a crime as bad as killing a human.

Actually, such comparisons have also been made earlier. For example, the United States was looking at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, considered as the largest oil spill in the country’s history. Media reports confirmed that BP faced a $21 billion fine. If you take a look at the damages for infringement, you can figure out that the BP fine presented in that particular report could equal to downloading 140,000 music tracks or 70,000 tracks in the case of willful infringement.

Anyway, French people are really put into perspective how high the punishment is for copyright violation. Now the government starts placing copyright on a higher level of value than life itself, which means that the time came for the society to re-consider its values

September 5th,2011

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Date:  Monday, September 5th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-09-05 15:58:45)
bazzer1234 avatarwhat do expect from sarcosi an his boys.him an merkell are destroying /europe thus in turn bringin the uk down.
great thread sam cheers

posted by (2011-09-05 22:04:12)
TrojanMouse avatarDon't forget that lackey knob-head Mandelson, single-handedly trying to drag the UK sharers to the law courts...

Plus he's just been caught breaking the rules on one of his Internet companies, some new tax fiddle he'd come up with... Bet he gets away with it...

posted by Blocked (2011-09-05 23:09:57)
No avatarnice read - thanx

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-09-06 03:17:32)
fusseltier avatarand then on the third strike you get a life sentence for file sharing...
how just is that?
why aren't corporate officers and managers going to prison for the terrible things they do? and they do a lot more harm to everyone than a file sharer.

posted by Turtle (2011-09-06 10:46:46)
ivorbigun avatarBring back the Guillotene

posted by Blocked (2011-09-06 13:15:36)
menahunie avatarAs Napoleon Stated: Merde Merde Merde.

posted by Blocked (2011-09-08 06:24:00)
No avatarhahahaHAHAHA merde merde merde

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