[United Press International] Online piracy bill passes French assembly

A representative of the Internet freedom organization, La Quadrature du Net, said the bill's passage in the assembly was indicative of the "blind corporatism" in the French government, the EU Observer said Friday.

"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)," group representative Jeremie Zimmermann said following Thursday's vote.