French adopting anti-piracy project

A new French law project targeting web piracy and illegal downloading has started its journey through France’s parliament.

France’s (upper house) senators have already widely endorsed Christine Albanel’s law project to fight web piracy and illicit downloading. Senators broadly supported the idea of cutting off the web connection if illegal downloading is proved to have repeatedly taken place, but softened the draft text by suggesting that those guilty of contravening the law might be able to keep their electronic mail address.

The law’s text is a transcription of agreements prepared by the former CEO of giant music and electronics retail outlet FNAC Denis Olivennes, and has been enthusiastically approved by music professionals as well as the cinema and web sectors.

After its approval by the Senate, France’s deputies will have to examine the bill and vote on its adoption.