Major French Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have signed a deal with the government that lets ISP's disconnect illegal music sharers.
Club-Internet, Free, Noos, Tiscali France and Wannadoo have all signed the deal, which has the support of several labels and musician's groups. It means ISPs will begin to employ termination or suspension clauses to cancel the subscriptions of people caught in the act of illegally sharing music.
France's music labels will engage in a campaign against illegal file sharers and have committed to making 600,000 songs available for download by the end of the year, in contrast to the 300,000 available now.
France's head of the local Association of ISPs told AFP that members of the organization would send warnings to customers upon request from rights holders, emphasizing that Internet service would be cut off "only upon the decision of a judge".