Few people showed up to take part in the vote apparently assuming it was a foregone conclusion. According to reports, however, fifteen Socialists arrived at the last minute to cast their votes and defeat the law. Two members of Sarkozy’s majority government even joined the opposition in protest to an amendment which would have made users who had been banned for up to twelve months to continue paying their internet bills.
The government nevertheless played down the bill's defeat saying an amended version, which will remove this last clause, would be put before parliament in the coming weeks. Unsurprisingly, the RIAA is pushing for a similar implementation in the United States with the collaboration of internet service providers across the nation.
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