updated 04:24 pm EDT, Tue July 9, 2013
Law first to implement graduated response to copyright infringement
After only enforcing the law once, the French government has retracted a law allowing officials to disconnect repeat copyright offenders from the Internet. France's Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti held a press conference earlier today, and declared the retraction of the law on Twitter.
The law with the provision in it, known as HADOPI, debuted in 2008 as a means to enforce compliance with copyright laws. The law was the first "three strikes" law, requiring a graduated response to infringers starting with an email, and culminating in Internet service termination for a period of up to a year. Offenders cut off from the Internet were still subject to billing by the carrier.
Anti-piracy laws have fallen out of vogue in France. Governmental discussion of the problem is shifting towards cultural levies on consumer devices, such as that imposed in Canada on blank media.