The French government's controversial "three-strikes" scheme, which is intended to curb illegal file-sharing, is turning into something of a winner.

The vast majority of French consumers are backing to some degree the government's proposed scheme, according to the findings of a new survey on illicit music downloading.

Results of the study, conducted by research firm ISPOS and unveiled this week by French labels collecting society SCPP, showed 74% of the people surveyed were either partially or fully supportive of the strict measures.

Under the government's proposed legislation, individual file-sharers would receive two warnings, after which time they would be disconnected from their ISP account should infringements continue.

For the survey, ISPOS questioned 1,010 French people above the age of 15 by phone.

Of the study sample, 90% said they would stop downloading illegally after receiving two warnings. Among those who have already illegally downloaded music, 88% said they would stop downloading after a second warning.

In a statement, French minister of culture Christine Albanel welcomed "the sense of responsibility of French people" revealed by the IPSOS research, noting the results were consistent with similar surveys published in the U.S. and the U.K.

The French survey also indicated that 80% of interviewees fully or partially agreed that artists and authors should be paid when their songs were downloaded, while 90% fully or partially accepted that illegal downloads had impacted CD sales.

The law is based on the conclusions of a mission unveiled November 2007 and led by Denis Olivennes -- then CEO of French leading music retailer Fnac. While the final vote on the proposed law was expected before the summer, it appears it won't be adopted before the fall.