French Reject 'Three Strikes' Piracy Legislation
French politicians have rejected legislation that could have seen internet users caught downloading music illegally being cut off from their service. The music industry has sought backing from governments in the form of stricter laws in recent years, in an effort to stem what it sees as a major cause of reductions in revenue. If passed, the legislation would have meant that those caught downloading illegally would first be sent a warning e-mail, then a letter, and finally have their connection cut for a year if caught for a third time. Though backed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the proposed law was defeated by a vote in the National Assembly, with two members of Sarkozy's own government choosing to vote against the bill for the reason that it would have also seen those banned continuing to pay for their internet bills. If passed, a global precedent may have been set, which could have seen other countries pursuing similar legislation. The French government will still have the opportunity to re-introduce the legislation to parliament later in the year.