Paris – France’s "three strikes" law targeting
file-sharing went into effect this week, with copyright holders sending
"tens of thousands" of requests to ISPs to identify suspected
infringers — a number expected to climb to "over a million in a few
weeks," TorrentFreak reported.

The ISPs have a week to turn over the
suspected file-swappers’ identities, or else face a fine of 1,500 euros ($2,000)
per day per instance.

The alleged file-swappers will then be sent a warning,
and after three such warnings will be reported to a judge — who will decide
whether to assess fines or suspend the user’s Internet connection.

The volume
of requests for suspected file-swapper identities at ISPs in France is expected
to grow from 10,000 a day to 150,000 per day, according to reports cited by


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