France scratches Internet disconnection policy from '3 strikes' piracy law

France has struck down the portion of its "three strikes" piracy law that ordered Internet service providers to cut off the service of repeat offenders.

Rather than losing Internet access, those who illegally download copyrighted content will instead face fines that start at €60 (£52) and increase if the behaviour continues, reports the Guardian.

According to a translated statement, France's Minister of Culture and Communication said anti-piracy efforts will focus more on "commercial piracy" or sites that profit from copyrighted content than those who download it.

France's "three strikes" law dates back to 2009, and is known as Hadopi (High Authority for the Diffusion of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet). It provided two warnings to those found to be downloading copyrighted material, before service was cut off after the third alert.

No one actually had their Internet service cut off, however, until last month, according to TorrentFreak. The individual faced two weeks without the web, as well as a €600 (£516) fine.

That came shortly after a nine-member panel recommended scrapping the Internet disconnection part of Hadopi, TorrentFreak said.

Last month, the US sent a Chinese man to prison for 12 years, after he pirated over $100 million (£62 million) worth of software.