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    BBC News: French ‘pass’ piracy legislation

    BBC News reports on a draft law concerning file-sharing in France:

    The proposed legislation operates under a “three strikes” system. A new state agency would first send illegal file-sharers a warning e-mail, then a letter and finally cut off their connection if they were caught a third time.

    While it is backed by the film and record industries, consumer groups have warned that innocent people may get punished.

    Similar legislation was previously deemed unconstitutional by the country’s Constitutional Court.

    The Constitutional Court insisted that a judge rather than a high authority had to rule on the issue of whether to disconnect users.

    The [draft law] will only be adopted definitely if a commission – made up of seven senators and seven deputies – can agree a joint version in the next few days.

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