Posted by: euromediablog | May 13, 2009

Welcome Hadopi!

It comes into force: The first European law against internet piracy was accepted in France. After the parliament’s narrow approval yesterday (296 for, 233 against), the senate accepted the copyright law today more than overwhelmingly.

As we mentioned in a previous article, the law foresees the establishment 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.

The last possibility to counteract this law remains on European level, with the European Parliament arguing for the inclusion of internet access in the basic  human rights. If this proposal is approved by the Council, it would automatically make the  sanctions of the  HADOPI law inconsistent with EU law.

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