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French reject internet piracy law

French politicians have rejected a bill which proposed that people caught downloading music illegally three times should be cut off from the internet.

The legislation, backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, would have set a tough global precedent in cracking down on internet piracy.

The music industry has been calling for stricter laws as revenues have fallen.

Ministers said an amended version of the bill would go before parliament in the next few weeks.

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