French "three-strikes" bill approved by French National Assembly

The French lower house approved the "three-strikes" bill (http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/ta/ta0332.asp, in French) allowing authorities to cut off internet access and impose fines on those found to have downloaded copyrighted material without authorisation. The measure to create an agency, HADOPI, was amended by the French Constitutional Council in June on grounds that it did not meet due process requirements. The French Senate approved a new law ("HADOPI 2") in July after providing for courts to intervene, and the National Assembly approved (http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/scrutins/jo0421.asp, in French) it on 15 September 2009. A commission of seven senators and seven lower chamber deputies must now combine the two houses' versions of the law into a single bill.