France's Three Strikes Enforcement Agency... Pirated A Font For Its Logo

from the oooops dept

We've been highlighting how Nicolas Sarkozy -- who was the original strong supporter of "three strikes" proposals to kick people off the internet based on accusations (not convictions) -- and his political party have been caught time and time again infringing on the copyright of others. It looks like that's happening again in an even more embarrassing fashion. The organization that's been designated to deal with three strikes in France, Hadopi, unveiled a new logo... that used an unlicensed font, that had been created by France Telecom and had not been licensed for use by anyone else. Hadopi had to scramble and try to find a new font once called on this, and issued an "apology," but will it allow those accused of infringement online the right to "apologize" as well?

These may seem like minor issues, but they're actually quite instructive. The point is that due to the way copyright law is set up, people infringe unintentionally all the time. Even the biggest defenders of copyright do so. And that is the problem with any sort of system that punishes people for something as minor as three infringements -- and it's even worse when its three accusations of infringement, rather than actual convictions. It creates a massive liability for the way everyone -- even copyright defenders -- do things every day. But, of course, the big powerful folks -- the ones who passed and support this law -- can just apologize and ignore the consequences. Everyone else? Good luck.

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  1. identicon
    :), 12 Jan 2010 @ 3:40pm

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    It doesn't matter under their own rules they just passed under HADOPI every person is responsible for their networks they did this specifically to close a "loophole" that gives people an "excuse" to pirate anything and you wont be able to go to another ISP as they will create a national database of infringers from what I understand.

    So they are responsible even if they were not directly responsible is that what they fought for and passed for a law.

    Now that is ironic.

    Want to see more irony?

    How about artists that don't want to pay ISPs for the privilege to put their content on the internet and are all grouping together to lobby for net neutrality :)

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/01/rem-everybody-hurts-without-network-neutrality .ars

    Probably because they saw the research that said it would switch wealth to the ISPs instead of content creators LoL

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/01/new-study-no-net-neutrality-means-weaker-inte rnet-economy.ars

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