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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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    FuzzyDuck, 25 Jul 2011 @ 4:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "But it's impossible to catch the real culprit and so much easier to beat on the innocent person they use to perpetrate it instead isn't it?"

    They don't care who did it, they just want to punish someone, anyone. It's a way to scare off people.

    Of course that fails, because it motivates people to hack in to their neighbors wifi to download, which results in more innocent people being punished.

    Now I just hope all these innocent people will learn one important lesson: don't pay for music and movies ever again. Do not finance the a*holes that took away your internet connection and threaten you.

    Hopefully this will backfire on the MAFIAA in a big way.

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