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The latest report from Liberation suggests that the so-called Hadopi law, which will bring in anti-file-sharing sanctions, is to go before the Parliament on 4 March.

This is one week earlier than originally scheduled, and appears to meet the demands of the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who personally called for the law to be voted on in March.

The law, officially known as the ‘Creation and Internet law' will bring in graduated response measures, sanctioning Internet users by terminating their Internet access, if they are alleged  to have downloaded copyrighted material. It has been waiting since last October, when it went before the Senate,  for its slot in the Assemblee Nationale. In order to get it through the legislature more quickly, it is only to get one reading in each of the two Parliamentary institutions.

The French campaigning group, La Quadrature du Net, has produced a new analysis which heavily criticises the  law.  La Quadrature says the law is  "ineffective, unworkable and is attempting to address the wrong problem ". It  believes the law will not contribute any economic benefits.


Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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