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France to crack down on internet piracy


France is set to introduce the world’s most draconian laws against internet piracy, after parliamentarians voted on Tuesday to give the government powers to cut off offenders’ internet access.

Lawyers say France’s move to cut the courts out of the issue of internet access may contravene the European Convention of Human Rights and could spark conflict with Brussels.

Jérémie Zimmermann, director of La Quadrature du Net, a French internet advocacy group, said: “This is very harmful to the neutrality of the net.

draconian 〈法律など〉(きわめて)厳しい

offender (法律上の)犯罪者

contravene 〈慣習・法律などに〉違反[違背]する

advocacy 弁護,支持

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