by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
france, hadopi, oversight, review, three strikes


54-Year Old School Teacher Who Doesn't Know How To Download Movies First To Be Kicked Off The Internet In France

from the hadopi'd dept

We recently noted that, over in France, under the HADOPI three strikes regime, they had their first 10 people get their third strike, and each was being reviewed to see if they should lose their connection. Well, it looks like the first guy has lost his connection... and it's a 54-year old school teacher who insists he has no idea how to download unauthorized content. The story is a little unclear, but it sounds like he had open WiFi, and he didn't understand what the "first strike," was really about. When he got the "second strike" notice, he tried to figure out how to secure his WiFi, but it either took too long or he was unable to figure it out... and so along came the third strike. The guy is pretty upset about this, for a damn good reason. It's going to be ridiculously expensive to fight and it may get appealed up to European courts outside of France, which would entail significant travel expenses as well. This is why it's supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, right?

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    A Monkey with Attitude (profile), 25 Jul 2011 @ 9:26am

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    LOL "greater good" I love that arguement... lets test it shall we (credit to the person that wrote this first, Marcus i think)

    Hitler said it was the Non-Germans that where the problem and passed laws for the "greater good"... cant see a problem with your logic...

    Stalin said that dissidents create problems, to the gulag... for the "greater good of the soviet politic" ... cant be wrong there aye?

    Pol Pot said that all should farm for the "greater good"...
    hmmm.. yup that worked out well too///

    The "greater good" argument has been used time and time again as a flag to punish and oppress people around the world...

    So color me skeptical that the law is for the "greater good" of the people and not the enrichment of an industry and the Government...

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