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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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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jul 2011 @ 4:35pm

    I'm actually curious what is going to start happening when WEP-encrypted points become the weak link in the chain.

    Most consumer-grade routers don't use WPA2 as a standard, it's too difficult to set up for some older operating systems. So instead they just use the highly-flawed-easily-circumvented WEP encryption. Encryption that can be taken down in roughly an hour.

    And there are MANY more infringers on the internet than there are people who peddle illegal material. I'm waiting for the point where they realize that it's either too easy for someone to point fingers at someone else or the point where they realize that it's too easy for someone to frame another person.

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