On October 23, 2008, the French Senate adopted a new legal framework for copyright infringements on the Internet. The framework provides for the creation of a “warning and sanctioning” system (graduated response) to be carried out by a new government agency (the High Authority for the Circulation of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet). If the legislation is adopted, the new High Authority would be empowered to suspend a web user’s internet connection for illegal downloading of files, provided that several letters of notification have previously been served on the web user. The bill is scheduled to be discussed in the French Parliament in December 2008. Further information is available (in French) here.