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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    RD, 25 Jul 2011 @ 12:47pm

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    "How about the guy who actually did it? We're going to punish the innocent person but let the guilty go free. Great idea."

    It is! See, in AC's "Big Media, Big Copyright, Law is All" world, there are no innocents. Disconnecting the guy who's router got used by another is DETERRENT! That will deter piracy, because you got after someone who had nothing to do with the infringement. So that stops wait....piracy? Hold on, how does this work again? Lemme take another run at this. You disconnect someone who had nothing to do with it but was used by another to commit the infringement, and that leads to ...less piracy? More sales? The guy is cut off for something he didnt do, so he will buy more media? Right, I guess? How again does that fix the problem? Maybe AC can enlighten us, since he has all the answers and we are just a bunch of stupid freetard apologists. Please, AC, detail how disconnecting this 54 year old man who was the victim of someone else using his connection is going to reduce piracy and increase sales.

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