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by Mike Masnick


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france, hadopi, oversight, review, three strikes

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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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    Ninja (profile), 25 Jul 2011 @ 9:28am

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    He is. The fact that he simply ignores how hard it is to properly configure a safe wireless connection to the regular Joe and how easy it can be to break the security for the seasoned internet user just proves how hard he's trolling.

    And I didn't even mention IP spoofing.

    This article is a hit on the nail. The French Govt is considering every1 guilty until proven innocent. They should be giving due process to every infringer (i.e.: call them to an audience and properly investigate). Oh wait, if they do that the judicial system will be overload because whooping 18 million infringements were detected. I believe there's a problem with the law if you criminalize over 10% of your population.

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