IFPI boss John Kennedy says he expects the three-strikes element of the French Creation and Internet bill to become law, despite being slapped down by the country”s Constitutional Council last week.”We believe there will be a solution to this,” Kennedy tells Billboard, with that solution being the appointment of a special judge to rule on cases where consumers’ internet connections will be cut off. “That is our understanding of what will happen as the next step, and it will take some time, but there is still the determination on the part of the French government to make sure that this happens,” he says.He’s also taken aim at suggestions that internet access shouldn’t be cut off as part of such cases. “It is interesting to me this concept that the right to access the Internet is a fundamental human right,” he says. “I don’t understand why we’re not balancing a fundamental human right of access to the Internet with the fundamental rights of intellectual property holders.”It’s interesting, though, that today’s announcement of a deal between UK ISP and Virgin Media DOESN’T involve permanent disconnection – just temporary. Perhaps that’s a definition of balancing these fundamental rights.

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