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    France's Contradiction on Piracy

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    Wednesday May 13, 2009
    France found itself at the centre of two major intellectual property stories yesterday. First, the French National Assembly adopted the "three strikes" approach that could result in the termination of Internet service for French subscribers (approved today by the Senate).  The approach has been highly contentious and sets up a possible showdown with emerging European laws that protect access to the Internet.  Second, as I blogged yesterday, the Business Software Alliance released its annual global piracy study.

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    French Assembly Adopts Three Strikes Legislation

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    Tuesday May 12, 2009
    IP Watch reports that the French National Assembly has adopted HADOPI, the three-strikes and you're out legislation.  The bill passed with 296 in favour and 233 against.
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    French Politicians Reject Three Strikes Law

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    Thursday April 09, 2009
    The French National Assembly has rejected the three-strikes and you're out proposal.  In a surprising vote, the Assembly voted 21 - 15 against, joining a growing list of countries that have dropped attempts to cut off access for Internet users based on unproven copyright infringement allegations.
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    France and South Korea Move Toward Three Strikes And You're Out

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    Monday April 06, 2009
    Recent decisions to abandon a three strikes and you're out copyright model in New Zealand, the UK, and Germany, have not been replicated in two other countries.  Last week, both France and South Korea moved toward implementing the approach in their national laws.
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