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French PM Pestered Into New Piracy Law
Nicolas Sarkozy has finally passed a law in France authorizing judges to impose fines and even recommend jail time for people who are caught pirating software from the internet. Users will be given two warnings to stop. On the third warning, however, their information will be given to a judge who will then decide whether downloading those Hoobastank albums deserves a prison sentence.
Mr. Sarkozy's wife, a pop singer with three albums, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, applauded her husband's decision to move off the couch. She then went on to say that the new law would finally rid France of the dumbest pirates who didn't have the good sense to use Google to find a proxy.
The French pirate community had only one comment: "Mademoiselle, ferme ta boite à camembert. No one steals your...how do you say... crappy music."