Harvey Weinstein is urging the UK, US and many other governments to take a leaf out of France’s book by enforcing much stricter anti-piracy laws in order to protect filmmakers.

Delivering his keynote address to industry bigwigs at the BFI annual program he encouraged the film industry to unite on a global scale to combat piracy saying it would preserve film heritage. He came down heavily on internet piracy saying that, ‘Our business is much more robust than we are feeling right now, but benefits are going to other people.’ He claimed that illegal streaming of films in denying the entire industry from actors to directors and composers their rightful returns.

Weinstein praised the tough stance on piracy taken by France where former president Nicolas Sarkozy signed into law that government agency Hadpoi could cut a users internet connection prior to taking them to court over piracy issues.