Senate votes for new anti-piracy bill

5 Nov 2008

The French Senate has reportedly voted in favour of a new telecoms law that could be used to restrict online privacy and curb the practice of ‘file-sharing’ by cutting off web access to people who repeatedly download copyrighted content. According to a report on the CDRINFO.COM web site, the new legislation would give ISPs the power to implement a ‘three strikes and out’ rule on persistent offenders, ultimately ending in a full ban if they ignore three warnings notifying them that they are suspected of transmitting/receiving copyrighted materials. The new bill was adopted by an overwhelming majority by Senate although it must be approved by the lower house before it passes into law. Some have criticised the bill for being too severe however, and point out that if a user is taking a triple-play service it could prove difficult to simply cut off their internet access.