French Senate passes “three-strike” bill

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The French Senate has passed a bill that would see internet pirates and filesharers being disconnected from the internet, even though the European Parliament was opposed to the move. This new move puts it in line with New Zealand, who recently passed a similar law disconnecting internet pirates from the internet.

Under the proposed law, it will follow the “three-strikes” law – where internet service providers would give three strikes to anyone they think that is a pirate. The first strike would be a cautionary e-mail, the second would be a letter sent by post and the third would see the ISP forced to cut internet access for one year.

The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 297 to 15; but it still needs to go through the National Assembly before it becomes law. This still gives opposing the bill, including ISPs, a chance to lobby the assembly not to vote for the bill.

France also suggested to make it law in the European Union; but that was rejected by the European Parliament. It did passed another law saying that condemns the use of disconnecting pirates from the internet. However, all EU decisions are non-binding, meaning not everyone has to follow it.