[ZDnet] France pushes ahead with 'three strikes' internet law

French lawmakers have passed an amended version of the Hadopi legislation that calls for persistent file-sharers to be cut off from the internet. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of French civil liberties organisation La Quadrature du Net, told ZDNet UK that the Hapodi law represented a disproportionate response to file-sharing.

"The internet is used for every major aspect of our lives, and is more and more essential for the efficient functionning of our societies," Zimmermann said. "The internet is essential for one's fundamental freedom of expression — confirmed by the French Constitutional Council — so cutting off internet access today is a kind of electronic death penalty... e-guillotine!"