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French Senate passes three-strikes law

The French Senate has passed the country’s so-called Hadopi bill, which would allow a government agency to disconnect illegal file-shares from the internet after they receive two warnings.

The law has been amended to give courts – rather than the proposed government agency – ultimate responsibility for cutting off internet connections, after an earlier version was rejected by France’s Constitutional Court. Judges will have the power to order internet disconnection, a €300,000 fine or a two-year jail sentence for infringers.