It was a bit of a surprise when the French parliament rejected
the country's proposed three-strikes law against file-sharers a few weeks ago. The bill had gotten a lot of support from President Nicolas Sarkozy (who is something of a pirate himself
) and many musicians, but it was able to get defeated by a little bit of clever chicanery from the opposition. But the proposal lives on, and has been revived in parliament
. This legislation continues, even though there isn't agreement on whether the proposal is okay with the EU's new draft of rules
on three-strikes laws. Previous stories on the EU rules seemed to indicate that France had shaped the European rules so that this law would be acceptable, but Billboard says the proposal is in conflict with
EU telecom law. One fantastic new detail of the revived bill: the BBC says two members of Sarkozy's party have joined the opposition to the bill, because it features an amendment that would make users who were banned under the law continue to pay their ISP bills. It just gets better and better...