On May 12, 2006, the French National Assembly first approved an amended version of a controversial bill created to prevent Internet piracy. The bill proposed that Internet access be cut off for users who repeatedly illegally downloaded copyrighted material after they had received two warnings, and that a third offense be punished by a one year ban from the Internet. Supporters of the bill alleged that it protected copyrighted material, while those opposed to it claimed that the bill did not properly balance the rights of Internet users and copyright holders. The bill was subsequently defeated and its constitutionality challenged before it was approved on October 22, 2009.
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