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Following on the news last week that a pirated version of the upcoming X-men movie hit the Web last week (It quickly became the "most pirated film ever)," France has announced new and draconian measures to clamp down on Internet piracy.
Meanwhile, according to the New York Times story, the U.S. film industry is pushing in Congress for similar controls. "Steven Soderbergh, the film director, cited the French initiative in asking lawmakers to deputize the American film industry to pursue copyright pirates."
These people appear to have learned nothing from the follies of the music industry. And it's unlikely to work. As the article points out, digital information can't be kept bottled up once it gets on the Internet. Users will simply turn to other techniques to avoid detection.