We talk about governments reaching agreement with ISPs and the music industry over what to do about online piracy, but perhaps we should make sure governments agree with themselves first. German minister for culture Bernd Neumann has criticised his own ministry of justice for not doing enough to combat illegal file-sharing.”Other countries in Europe, such as Sweden and France, have now shown how to put a stop to Internet piracy,” he said. “We will see how successful the French model proves to be in investigating and prosecuting copyright infringements. Of course, this model cannot be copied exactly due to the different legal situations in the two countries, but it is unacceptable that nothing is being done here in Germany.”German lawmakers have previously ruled out introducing a three-strikes style graduated response scheme to boot persistent file-sharers off the internet.

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