Just as internet users in France prepared to see how the new three strikes law would affect them, the law has been controversially overturned by a French court.
The law, which is also being considered by the UK government, could have meant that any file sharer found downloading copyrighted material could be banned from the internet for up to a year.
However, the French constitutional council has decided that access to the broadband network is a human right which it will not allow to be taken away without a judge’s intervention.
It was also found that the way that the internet was to be monitored also breached privacy rights.
This should not have any effect on the UK’s plan to combat this problem, as the three strikes plans is already being seen as too draconian.