Posted by: euromediablog | April 9, 2009

Anti-Internet-Piracy Law in France Fails

The whole music and film industry has been waiting on France to put into force the HADOPI Law, foreseeing penal law for illegal downloaders. One of the most discussed measures has been the “digital death penalty” for illegal torrent users, which would deprive them of internet acces for a definite period of time. Such a measure would constrain neutral internet providers to join the prosecution and switch off “copyright criminals” on command of the competent authorities. France is the first European country to impose that kind of law and owes this privilege primarily to the massive efforts of Sarkozy and his close friends from the lobby of the entertainment industry. This legal step is also expected to provide a positive example for the rest of the continent.

Well,today the law could not pass the parliament vote, with the socialists constituting a surprising majority and thus succeeding to postpone the radical measure. Most of them  regard the law as useless and ineffective. However the socialists are not the biggest fraction in the French Parliament and the anti-piracy bill is expected to be revoted the nearest future when all delegates return from the Easter holidays and Sarkozy’s party gains once majority. Hadopi’s coming into force is therefore just a matter of time.

We can be sure that the first illegal downloader to be convicted, might soon acquire a martyrer Status, similar to that of the Swedish Pirate Bay. And the public sphere will once again be split on the question of who is right and wrong. Defining injustice has always been a difficult task and it will get even more complicated in the omnipresent digital world. In a time when file sharing will be punished with internet isolation…

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  1. […] As we mentioned in a previous article, the law foresees the astablishment of a government agency – Hadopi (Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des Droits sur Internet), which will have to protect copyrights in inernet. For this purpose, the authority will have the right to sanction internet pirates with up to twelve months of internet connection cut. […]

  2. […] Anti-Internet-Piracy Law in France Fails […]

  3. […] Anti-Internet-Piracy-Law in France fails […]

  4. GROUPAMA was caught in a software PIRACY case of $200m and has made an unofficial affidavit (claiming that it was not guilty) to divert BEFTI investigators from the evidences officially collected one month ago at a different office.

    In its affidavit, GROUPAMA argued that bank secrecy entitled it to limit the scope of Police investigations to a building that was not the place where evidences about the infraction were officially collected.

    After the fraud was discovered and denounced by the victim, as GROUPAMA managed to have the General Prosecutor of Paris to state that Police was ‘right’ to ignore the criminal file and focus only on the irrelevant information provided by GROUPAMA itself, there is room for serious doubts in the way that affair was conducted.

    As a matter of facts, FINAMA and GROUPAMA have reported false information to the markets regarding their own accounts (where the fraud describbed below has never been reported).

    This unfortunate event is more than likely to compromize the confidence ratings of French (bank and insurance) regulated markets on the proven basis that the numbers cannot be trusted.

    All the details, including the General Prosecutor reply, the BEFTI investigation file and the unofficial affidavit cooked by GROUPAMA have been made publicly available:

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