French ISPs to co-operate with music industry

French ISPs to co-operate with music industry

As part of an overall move to stamp out online piracy, French ISPs will collaborate with the music industry to send automatic warnings to any of their subscribers seen illegally sharing copyright-protected files online.

The move is one of several contained in a charter for the development of online music distribution in France signed by three French ministers and a number of ISPs, music artists and representatives of the music industry.

In addition to sending out the warnings, the ISPs agreed to enforce termination clauses in contracts if subscribers are caught illegally downloading copyrighted materials.

In return for this help in cracking down on pirates, the music rights-holders have agreed to make their entire catalogs of digitised works available through all online stores, and music distributors have agreed to double the number of titles available for download to 600,000 by year-end.

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