France enacts Internet piracy law

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Taking stringent action against the online copyright infringement, France parliament has passed Internet anti-piracy bill, providing relief to global music industry. The bill was passed in the lower house (National Assembly) by a vote of 296 to 233 on Tuesday and by 189 votes to 14 in the upper house (the Senate) a day later.

The legislation provides for disconnecting the user who has faulted for three times. A national agency will send a mail when a user firstly step over the copyrights of the Internet stuff. Second time it sends a letter to the user and third and at last it disconnects the user from Internet.

Last month, the legislation, which has a strong backup by the President Nicholas Sarkozy was turned down by the National Assembly.

However, some consumer groups have expressed concerns that the wrong people might be punished, if hackers take over their computers' identity, and that the legislation amounts to state surveillance. Socialist parliamentarian, Patrick Bloche has said that the bill is dangerous, useless, inefficient, and very risky for citizens.

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