French assembly rejects internet bill

Pascale Paoli Lebailly


Left-wing deputies, helped by a couple of right-wing deputies, surprisingly rejected last week by 21 votes to 15 the conciliatory version of internet law project that had been voted in Senate.

Had it been passed, the law would have allowed internet service providers to cut access in the case of repetitive illegal downloads from users.

The bill will be examined again in the Assembly on April 28, so that it can be adopted rapidly. Authors and professionals from the music industry have showed anger when they heard the bill had been voted down, while consumer associations hailed it as a victory.