The French Reject Sanctions Against Downloaders

From Reuters:

By a show of hands, the National Assembly rejected Thursday a bill concerning hacking on the Internet which would have enacted a “measured reaction” up to and including the suspension of internet access for the authors of illegal downloading.

This dramatic turn of events was caused by the absence of deputies of the UMP, the majority in the Palace-Bourbon.

When the results were announced, the elected officials from the left rose to applaud.

It will be interesting to see if their counterparts in the U.S. will do the same if and when they are confronted by similar legislation.

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