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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    Rikuo (profile), 12 Sep 2013 @ 10:44am

    Re: OK, someone help me out here...

    As far as I know, nothing. The disconnection punishment clashed with an EU law, last I checked, that says you can't lose your Internet connection as a court-ordered punishment. So as far as I understand, it's just going to be letters, at least for a while, until HADOPI is completely scrapped.
    I hope, but do not expect at all, that instead of this stick approach, the copyright cartels try a carrot. After all, if my net access is cut off, I can't buy anything over the Internet, no Netflix, no Hulu, nothing on Amazon, no Spotify, no Steam, no Origin, etc. I'm not going to go to the coffee shop down the road and use their Wi-fi to buy something, I'm not going to trust my credit card details or Paypal login on their network. I could use a VPN, but again, if I were disconnected at home, my yearly/monthly subscription would be basically worthless to me, in that I couldn't use it.

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