EU rejects 'three strikes' approach to filesharing

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The EU has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a report that heavily criticises the ‘three-strikes’ law implemented in Frace that would kick filesharers off the internet after being caught downloading copyrighted content three times.

It’s been massively unpopular with everyone except the content industries, with ISPs in particular fighting against having to cut off their own customers. Greek MEP Stavros Lambrinidis fought back against the idea too, with his report being overwhelming voted in – 481 votes in favor, 25 against and 21 abstentions.

Whether or not this will force France to back down is yet to be seen. Sarkozy doesn’t have a great track record of obeying the EU parliament. Still, it should lessen the pressure on Irish ISPs who are being forced by their content industries to enact similar rules.

(via TorrentFreak)

Computer virus leaves France DEFENCELESS from the air

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Now let this be a lesson to you in what happens if you forget to keep your McAfee subscription updated. France’s Air Force has been grounded due to the ‘Conficker’ computer virus.

Despite forewarning from Microsoft themselves, the Air Force failed to prevent the spread of the virus, and now several Dassault Rafale fighters are out of commission. I just hope that the British Navy is better at keeping things up to date. Oh, wait.

(via Silicon Valley Insider)

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Europe votes "no" to internet bans for file sharers. We are saved!

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The EU has just voted against the idea of banning file-sharers from using the internet, in a rare victory for the right-thinking common man.

Any possible plan to criminalise file-sharing was rejected by EU members, along with the concept of axing the web connections of those caught Bittorrenting the entire output of Hollywood overnight. It’s OK. You’re not going to get done for it any more…