France Backs Down On Internet Access Cutoff Anti-Piracy Law

Law360, New York (July 9, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT) -- The French government on Tuesday repealed a controversial anti-piracy enforcement power that allowed it to cut off Internet access for repeat offenders, saying it will shift its enforcement efforts toward sites that host and profit from protected content instead.

The abolishment of the cutoff penalty was announced by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, who said that the provision was “totally inappropriate” in the contemporary, Internet-dependant world. The law, known by the acronym of its enforcement authority Hadopi, operated on a three-strikes system, though the full cutoff...
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