France Slaps Down Proposed Anti-Piracy Bill

A plan to allow record companies to monitor internet traffic in France for piracy and shut down repeat offenders has been killed. Sweet.

Under the plan, the music and movie industries would have been empowered to analyze the downloads of individual Internet users to root out instances of piracy, and to report violations to a newly created agency. The agency was to send warning letters to violators; after the third letter, the Internet service provider would have been required to sever service.

The voting down of the bill is seen as a big loss for President Sarkozy, who promises to have a revised version of the bill ready in the coming weeks. [NY Times]