Sunday, April 12, 2009

French Reject Piracy Bill

French politicians have rejected piracy legislation which proposed that people caught downloading music illegally three times should be cut off from the internet. Even with the backing of President Nicolas Sarkozy the bill appears to have fallen at the final hurdle. The socialist parliamentarian Patrick Bloche is widely reported saying that the bill was "dangerous, useless, inefficient, and very risky for us citizens." The legislation earlier approved by the Senate, was unexpectedly defeated in a vote of the National Assembly.

Under the legislation, users would receive e-mail warnings for their first two identified offenses, a certified letter for the next, and would have their Web connection cut for any subsequent illegal downloads.

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