[EUobserver] French National Assemby passes three-strikes internet piracy bill

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La Quadrature du Net, an internet freedom pressure group, organised a campaign in which tens of thousands of websites across the country and beyond went dark in a ‘black-out’ protest against the measures.

Calling the bill a ‘monster’, the group criticised the majority deputies as pawns of President Sarkozy, who has made the bill a point of pride: « The powerless opposition confronted a wall of ‘army boots’ for the majority that were only there to vote according to the desires of the executive.

« The vote … is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism. The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved [by this law],  » said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.