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October 28, 2009

Vivendi calls for UK three strikes rule

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by David Allen

The French internet service provider, Vivendi, is calling on the UK government to adopt the infamous three strikes rule, under which filesharers can find themselves thrown off the internet.

According to the CEO of Vivenid, Jean-Bernard Levy, the UK should follow the French lead to combat internet piracy, otherwise there is a risk that the UK economy could be harmed.

Yet it would seem that even in France the accused has the opportunity to defend themselves in court before disconnection, whereas in the UK this has only been discussed as an option.

The legal position also seems to be unclear, as will the accused be guilty and have to prove their innocence, or is it up to the Rights Holders to prove guilt?

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