France approves online piracy bill

France’s lower house of parliament has approved the '3 strikes' bill allowing authorities to cut off Internet access to people who download illegally.

The measure passed in the National Assembly following approval by the Senate in July. It must clear another hurdle to become law, gaining approval from a small committee from both houses of parliament.

Under the bill, pirates who ignore email warnings and a registered letter could see their Internet connections cut for up to a year.

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