French ISP Free Gives In, Will Send 3 Strikes Notices
from the too-bad dept
Well, it looks like the saga of the Hadopi loophole is now over. We had written how the French ISP ‘Free’ had been refusing to pass on Hadopi “three strikes” notices, realizing that the law did not mandate that ISPs pass on the notices, but the law did say that you couldn’t have your connection disabled if the notices hadn’t been sent. Not surprisingly, this upset the French government, which took the extraordinary step of simply decreeing a change to the law to require ISPs send on the notices. This seemed extreme, and potentially illegal.
While Free had initially indicated interest in fighting this, it’s now given in and will send the letters. Apparently, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had threatened to “make an example” of ISPs who didn’t send on the notices. Fitting, of course, that a law that avoids due process is changed without any due process.