The French Constitutional Council – the highest court in the land – has slapped down the Creation and Internet law. It ruled that the law’s three strikes element, where illegal file-sharers could have their internet disconnected, violated principles of presumed innocence and free speech. The main problem would have been the fact that people could be disconnected on the say-so of the proposed new HADOPI rights body, rather than a traditional court. Where President Sarkozy’s government goes now with the proposed law remains to be seen, but the decision is its most serious setback yet.

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