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 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I agree with your sentiment but the numbers stand thus:

    1% of population are the highest wage earners
    of this 1% they pay 40% of the federal income taxes.
    this 1% accounts for 20% of the monthly taxable wages.

    To your point the bottom 50% pay all the taxes... your wrong... according to US Census Bureau
    49% of all Americans pay No Federal Taxes.
    20 million are at or below the poverty line.

    Of the 80 Million they average this:
    2 Color Televisions per house hold, 1 of them has a high probability of being a big screen
    they will average a cell phone, with text and web (high % chance of a smart phone)
    2.5 Cars per household
    LARGER living space than the Average (not at the poverty level ) EUROPEAN
    More Caloric intake than the average person in the world.

    about the part where tax dollars come from (generally the Middle class at 50K per year in household revenue and up) not the bottom 50% like you asserted.

    I hate even remotely supporting a troll but your facts are false as theirs...

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