[BusinessWeek] France Gets Tough on Net Piracy
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.