France Passes “3 Strikes” Illegal Downloading Law
France’s “three strikes” illegal downloading law passed the French Senate earlier this week. The contentious law will give downloaders of copyrighted works two warnings before cutting off their Internet service for a year.
The law sets up a special government anti-piracy agency who will police the net with Web Sheriffs, dubbed Internauts. Though the new law still faces a court battle and may rub against current European legislation, the government plans to have the agency up and running by next year.