The original version was set up as a three-strikes system in which a state agency known by the acronym HADOPI would track and punish copyright violators – first sending an email warning, then a letter and finally cutting off a user's internet connection. France’s Constitutional Council said that citizens deserved a court hearing, however, as only a judge should have the power to deny a user access to the Internet.
The revised bill has moved the authority to disconnect file-sharers away from HADOPI to the courts. As it stands now, when someone is warned about an infringement for a third time, the agency will report the offender to a judge, who would either impose an Internet ban, a fine of up to $415,000 or a two-year jail sentence. These decisions would be made under a fast-track ruling system that would give judges merely a few minutes per case.