French 3 Strike Law adopted

French Internet users who illegally download content may find their web access temporarily shut down according to the 3 Strikes Law, which has finally been adopted by the Constitutional Council on 22 October 2009. The original bill, which had been declared unconstitutional, had to be modified to transfer the power to cut off Internet access to a single judge in a streamlined procedure rather than to a state agency. The judge will use information collected by internet service providers on their high-volume users to detect illegal file-sharing. A new body, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Hadopi), will send out warnings and persistent offenders could see their internet accounts suspended for a maximum of one year if they ignore the first two warnings. For further information see this article in the EU-Observer.