What we really need a 3-strike rule for stupidity.
If the system had worked as intended "file-sharing abusers" would have been carted off to a judge after 3 warnings. The information from Trident MediaGuard would have been presented as reliable information from a safe and secure system...
Ironically, under the Hadopi laws internet users who fail to secure their connections can be punished for the acts of others.
Also ironic is that this is the third strike for Hadopi:
1 - They pirated their logo font
2 - Their website was turned into a Pirate Bay search engine
3 - The company licensed to spy on p2p users failed to secure their own systems.
It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is
Tax-payer funded agencies / departments always end up being controlled by the politicians! This would be no different. And herein "lies" the problem.
Bill Clinton demonstrated with his "not sex", oral sex, sex scandal that truth, for politicians, is a matter of definition. (It was Bill Clinton after all who famously said, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is").
A more scary example:
During the Bush regime, the definition of torture was adjusted so that that it required “serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death,” ... punching someone in the stomach or asphyxiating them with a wet sack was okay provided that the victim didn't die or suffer permanent damage.
In others words, torture was not torture because the US government said so... how would a US government fact checking agency deal with such "facts"? How would a US government fact checking agency deal with conveniently classified facts?
If the US wants a fact-checking agency they should just send a donation to Wikileaks and the people of the world can decided for themselves.
Just guessing here...mandatory firewall with a whitelist of acceptable browsers / other software. Such a prohibition would obviously not just apply to browsers but any software that is used to connect to the Internet (would defeat the purpose otherwise).
They could force Microsoft to alter the EU version of Windows so that only "authorized" browsers will work.
They have already forced Microsoft to offer Opera (and other browsers) in the EU version of Windows, so this would not be an unreasonable move for these guys. After all, feeble minded Europeans (who apparently don't know how to download their own choice of browser) need to be protected against all the dangerous websites containing uncensored and pirated (shudder) music and video!
More info about the affects of pharma price controls in SA
Per a 2006 article...
"Since last November, 103 small pharmacies countrywide have shuttered, most citing the price controls, according to a survey by the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. "Since then a lot more have gone," said society spokesperson Clive Stanton. "Patients are getting a cheaper service, but the problem is that in some areas they will get no service at all."" [ http://www.thebody.com/content/news/art23818.html ]
Not only have pharmacies in smaller and poorer areas closed down, but bright youngsters are (obviously) opting pick other professions entirely...
"Changes in legislation, around pharmacist remuneration for example, has however led to much lower numbers of students applying for access into pharmacy programmes at most schools, a much higher percentage of applications were thus accepted and students barely making the cut-off criteria were accepted." [ http://www.sapj.co.za/index.php/SAPJ/article/viewFile/600/546 ]
Most concerning for me is resource allocation. It's well known that drug companies invest their resources in developing drugs that are likely to give the best return on investment. Baldness is likely to get more resources than malaria. Why? Rich bald guys don't bleat on about price controls and patents.
In my country, pharma price controls were implemented a few years ago...from manufacturer all the way down to retail.
Small pharmacies and pharmacies in smaller and / or poorer areas closed down. The corporate chains stepped in. Good luck to anyone who has an emergency after hours, or who would prefer to be serviced by a qualified pharmacist (as opposed to an assistant), or who needs an expensive drug (with loss-making margins...will not be stocked).
In a similar move my government thought that it would be a good idea to increase the regulation of medical insurers particularly the manner in which they priced risk...premiums increased and benefits / cover went down.
In the face of price control industry either cuts costs to maintain profits or redeploys capital to other industries / countries.
Price controls in the USA would be a great think for the rest of us!