French Farce: Hadopi's First And Only Suspension Has Been Suspended

from the ooh-la-la dept

Back in June we wrote about Hadopi's first and only successful disconnection case. As we also noted then, in the wake of its abject failure, Hadopi was being dramatically curtailed. In particular, disconnection is no longer available as a punishment for those alleged to have downloaded files without authorization.

That turns out to have a lucky consequence for the otherwise unlucky person sentenced to 15 days disconnection earlier this year. As the French Web site PC Inpact explains (original in French), before the disconnection could be carried out, the French law changed. And it is apparently an established principle in France that when milder measures are brought in for a given offense, those generally apply retroactively to anyone convicted under the previous, harsher regime. In this case, that means the suspension has been suspended.

So it looks like even that single, 15-day disconnection -- the only fruit of Sarkozy's beloved and costly "three strikes and you're out" idea -- will never happen. What a truly fitting end to a farcical experiment. The big question now is: what comes next?

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Sep 2013 @ 8:47am

    OK, someone help me out here...

    As I understand it, HADOPI had basically three stages:

    1. you get an email telling you to stop, or you'll get a certified letter
    2. you get a certified letter telling you to stop or you'll be disconnected
    3. you get disconnected.

    So, um.. what's step 3 replaced with? "Someone sends you a singing telegram asking you to stop, or you'll get a parade telling you to stop?"

    disconnection is no longer available as a punishment
    Considering disconnection was the only punishment, what are they replacing it with?

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