'Creation' law suspends users' Internet service

The DGA has endorsed France’s proposed “Creation and Internet” law — an antipiracy measure that calls for temporary discontinuation of Internet service for those people who repeatedly upload or download content illegally.

The guild announced Tuesday that its national board of directors had passed a resolution in support of the measure, which is scheduled for another vote next month by French legislators.

“Our members have a tremendous stake in this battle,” said DGA president Michael Apted. “The DGA believes that online piracy is among the greatest of threats to the health and future of the creative industries. The growth of the Internet has allowed people to engage in piracy with the click of a button, never considering the consequences of their actions on the men and women who create the content they love. The French model is remarkable because it creates a solution that enforces the idea that piracy is serious while avoiding unfair punitive or financial measures and the quagmire of endless lawsuits.”

The French law would create an independent administrative authority that would serve as an intermediary between content providers and Internet service providers to identify those uploading or downloading content illegally. That authority would send violators warnings on each of the first two violations, with the third infraction leading to barred Internet access for a limited period of time.

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