French Senate Finally Passes Three-Strikes Bill



Just in time for Bastille Day, the French Senate has finally passed a reworded version of the controversial Creation Et L’Internet bill, which gives a state agency powers to warn, warn again and then disconnect illegal file-sharers. It was considered illegal and was blocked by France’s Constitutional Court but now, as AFP reports, the proposed Hadopi agency will have to get a court order before cutting anyone off…

The Constitutional Court rejected the bill on the grounds it was incompatible with France’s constitution: the state agency — the eponymous Hadopi — would have cut off pirates’ internet access for up to a year without the need for court ruling. But in the new version, the responsibility for cutting off internet access goes from the agency to the courts. On the third “strike”, users will be reported to a judge who will have the choice of ordering: internet disconnection, a

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