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First Hadopi conviction in France misfires

Innocent man was found guilty
Fri Sep 14 2012, 10:50
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THE FIRST PERSON to be fined under the French anti-filesharing Hadopi law was actually innocent of downloading anything.

A man was fined €150 by the French High Authority under the "Distribution of Works and Protection of Rights on the Internet" (Hadopi) law, but said that it was not him that did the downloading.

Rather, it was his wife who did the downloading. The problem is, she did it using his internet connection and under Hadopi that makes him responsible

The man, who is not named in the local report from TFI News, ignored three warnings about downloading and was therefore sent to court. Unfortunately for him, his wife had downloaded some songs by Rihanna and admitted to that in court papers.

While the French rules could have forced his ISP to shut off his internet connection, this never happened. We suspect that he wishes that it had however, because as as well as downloading Rihanna songs his wife apparently had downloaded some other music too.

The conviction has been some time coming, as by the start of this year there were more than 736,000 people on their 'first strike' and 62,000 on their 'second strike'. At that time just around 160 people were on their 'third strike'. µ


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