The French Senate has approved a three strikes law for Internet users who download copyrighted entertainment without paying for it.
The goal is to force people now engaged in electronic piracy of movies, music and video games to use legal sources like iTunes.
The “graduated response” would start with an e-mail warning. Those who persist would get a letter by snail mail.
If after two warning a person continues to download pirated music and movies the internet service providers would cut off access for a year.
The Senate passed the law 297 to 15 with Communists abstaining.
Many ISPs have been fighting such proposals because it thrusts responsibility of policing online copyrights on their shoulders.
French legislators also rejected an amendment authored by senator Bruno Retailleu that would replace the bill’s Internet kill-switch punishment with a monetary fine.