French anti-piracy law adopted

Hadopi pushed through after April rejection

CANNES -- After months of anticipation, the French government finally adopted an Internet anti-piracy law Tuesday.

The "Creation and Internet" law, nicknamed the "Hadopi" because it involves the the creation of a Hadopi (High Authority for the Broadcast of Content and the Protection of Rights on the Internet) committee, authorizes the tracing of illegal downloaders through their IP addresses.

A total 296 Parliament members voted in favor of the law during a meeting on Tuesday. The National Assembly unexpectedly rejected the law April 9 when UMP party members, confident in the verdict, failed to show up for the final vote.

The definitive text will be official adopted Wednesday when the Senate confirms the decision and the law will go into effect in early 2010.