French Illegal Downloaders Face Loss of Internet Access

PARIS — French lawmakers took a step closer to passing a “three strikes” law under which people who repeatedly pirate music, movies or TV shows could have their Internet connections cut off for up to year.

The National Assembly voted in favor of key elements of the law Thursday, making it likely that the whole package will be adopted as early as next week. If passed, the French government would be the first in the world to cut off Internet access to people accused of copyright violations.

The law would force Internet providers to turn over data on suspected pirates.

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