[Euractiv.com] European Parliament paving way for tougher anti-piracy rules

A vote today (1 June)in the European Parliament has given a boost to a report by a French centre-right MEP seen as a hardline anti-piracy advocate and whose opponents claim will pave the way for draconian policies to stop people from downloading content illegally.

The report, according to its Socialist critics, gives governments a mandate to introduce the highly contested three strikes rule which would cut off an internet users' connection if they are caught making an illegal download three times.