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P2P anti-piracy monitoring OK in France

The French government has ruled that the software industry may monitor copyright violations on the Internet.

On Tuesday, the French data protection agency (CNIL) said that software firms can employ an automated system to detect intellectual property violations on peer-to-peer networks. This is, of course, commonplace in the U.S. and has led to a number of lawsuits.

The above is my admittedly poor translation of the French document; here's an English-language summary.