France will soon have in place the legislation necessary to enable the music industry to sue cyber-criminals. The French Senate on May 13 approved the nation's new e-commerce bill, which provides a le

PARIS--France will soon have in place the legislation necessary to enable the music industry to sue cyber-criminals.

The French Senate on May 13 approved the nation's new e-commerce bill, which provides a legislative framework for the digital economy.

The measure, which has been voted in similar terms by both houses of the French Parliament, now gets reviewed by France's constitutional court before being enacted.

Known in France as LEN (Law on Digital Economy), the bill incorporates into French law the European Union's June 2000 E-commerce Directive. It will provide new legislative tools to combat cyber-criminality and better protect e-commerce users.

ISPs will be required to immediately remove any illicit content upon any complaint by a third party.

Music trade body SNEP said last month that it was preparing a series of lawsuits against music file off-loaders, but was awaiting the adoption of the LEN.

The text does not go as far as the industry had hoped. However, SNEP legal director Frédéric Goldsmith, says the law "will bring about a clarification of ISPs' responsibilities. It will be easier to obtain their cooperation with the law behind us."