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France could drop three strikes copyright law

Hadopi too dopey
Tue May 14 2013, 12:11

FRANCE'S CONTROVERSIAL THREE STRIKES copyright rules could be going the way of its aristocracy's heads.

The French people endure the Hadopi three strikes copyright enforcement system, or at least for now they do. A report presented to the government suggests that it could on its way out because it has achieved nothing.

Former Canal Plus chairman Pierre Lescure was tasked to produce a report on the French copyright system last year and has delivered a 700 page indictment that ultimately concluded that Hadopi has been an utter waste of time and money.

In a statement the Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, the French Ministry of Culture, explained the report, saying that while a graduated response is still an option the present one is the wrong one.

"To fight against piracy, it should maintain the graduated response. The mission proposes to repeal the penalty of suspension of internet subscription and significantly reduce the fines by reducing it to a 'lump sum of 60 euros, plus any subsequent offense' against a maximum of 1500 euros now," it said in a translated statement.

The recommendation is that the work of Hadopi be taken up by the CSA, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, which is the French regulatory authority for TV and radio.

"The mission proposes to delete the Hadopi as an independent administrative authority and entrust the fight against illegal downloading to CSA. To strengthen the legal supply and discourage piracy, video on demand will be available soon after the release in cinemas."

Protest group La Quadrature du Net called the announcement of the death of Hadopi "misleading".

"The announcement of the suppression of the Hadopi is misleading: its missions are redistributed to other entities (CSA), with the exception of the never-applied internet cut-off, and even completed by new monitoring or repressive competence. It hides the pursuit of Nicolas Sarkozy's anti-sharing policies," said Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

"The government will be judged on its ability to resist the harmful influence of the entertainment industry to whom the conception of policies has been delegated by the governments one after the other." µ


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