France steps up anti-piracy efforts

Creates new agency with seven full-time positions

PARIS -- The French government plans to invest 6.7 million euros ($9.7 million) in Internet anti-piracy measures next year, according to state budget reports.

A special "Creation and Internet" law will be enforced by new government entity La Haute Autorite pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet (the High Authority for the Broadcast of Works and the Protection of Internet Rights).

Cultural Minister Christine Albanel has pledged to create seven full-time positions to ensure that the new law is carried out. Albanel has been speaking out against Web piracy and plans to crack down on illegal downloading.