The French have been supporting the “Three Strikes” rule.
This would see any internet user who has been found downloading files containing copyrighted material such as music, films or games on three occasions, kicked off the internet.
Only last week the first stage of making this law was passed by the lower house.
It looked as if the deal was signed and sealed, but French Assembly members rejected the bill that could have meant internet users punished without trial or conviction.
The bill will be getting a second reading, so it is probably unlikely that it will be defeated again.
The internet bans can be anything from two to twelve months in length. #
If the user wishes to be allowed to get back their internet access after this period they will have to keep paying for the service throughout the ban!