Broadband

by Mike Masnick


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france, hadopi, oversight, review, three strikes

Companies:
hadopi



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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    Rabbit80, 26 Jul 2011 @ 8:28am

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

    "Example: Turn off your wifi when you are not home, or when you go to bed."

    In some situations, turning off your router can have a negative effect on your broadband connection. For example - My router currently syncs at around 7500Kbps. If i power it down for more than 10 mins it forces a line retrain - which can take up to 10 days to stabilize. normally, my line will initially only resync at around 4000Kbps after the unplug - and for a week afterwards it is unstable both in terms of speed and in holding its connection.

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