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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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jul 2011 @ 12:17pm

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    Chrono, the buck stops somewhere, and in this case unless he can point at the other guy and say "he was using my wireless to download gay bestiality porn", then he is pretty much on the hook.

    Somwhere, somehow, someone has to accept responsiblity for what happens. That line, at least in France, is with the subscriber of the service. If you don't want to be responsible, don't subscribe. If you do want to be responsible, make sure nobody else is using your stuff.

    Example: Turn off your wifi when you are not home, or when you go to bed. Some wi-fi units now require you to push a button on the front before you can log anyone new in. That only lasts for a few minutes before the unit is locked down again.

    There is a point where the guy has to be responsible, even if he didn't do it. He blew off the first notice, then he left the wi-fi open, he didn't fix it, and he didn't do the obvious to stop it (turn it off).

    Sorry, I have very little sympathy.

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