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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > French Government Compared Online Piracy To Physical Theft

French Government Compared Online Piracy To Physical Theft

French Government Compared Online Piracy To Physical Theft

Added: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Magistrate with HADOPI, the government authority engaged in overseeing the French controversial “three-strikes” law, announced that “stealing online copyrighted content doesn’t legally differ from stealing a book or disk from a store”. Thus, he states that even though the France’s “three-strikes” legislation has a limited effect thus far, it is still performing its function successfully by delivering the message that unauthorized downloading is against the law.


One of three magistrates assigned to HADOPI has made a series of comments proving how pointless the “three-strikes” legislation really is. In fact, it is quite curious to read that the government itself admits that the law will merely drive copyright infringers to more anonymous and secure means of file-sharing. Moreover, the magistrate added that the legislation is actually more about making Internet users more aware that file-sharing is against the law rather than about really busting anyone. He said that even if the law is already moving users to switch from more exposed file-sharing means to more secure ones, it indicates that they are more aware that this activity is illegal and involves consequences.

However, that was not the most interesting part of his comments. Apart from admitting that the law doesn’t work, he moved further to liken online piracy to physical piracy as though they don’t differ at all. Over time, he said, increased awareness of the fact that “illegality of stealing a copyrighted file doesn’t legally differ from stealing a physical book from a store” will force users to give up unauthorized downloading as wrong. However, the country’s law reads that “theft is the fraudulent removal of property of another,” while unauthorized downloading doesn’t involve any “removal”, only copying, which means that the number of pieces of property is, on the opposite, being increased.

With the statistics saying that around 3/4 of the country’s file-sharers continue unauthorized downloading of copyrighted content, it is clear that changing Internet users’ sensibilities is unlikely to ever happen. Luckily, the French are smart enough to understand that online file-sharing is not the same as physical stealing. In comparison, record labels were charging about $28 for an album 15 years ago – now that was real theft.

February 3rd ,2011

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Date:  Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

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posted by (2011-02-03 19:39:05)
CaptCosmo avatarWe all know where the real theft occurred and how long it has been going on. As a result of this period of continual theft we as a group have chosen actions to end this practice. When they stop stealing from us we will no longer feel the need to download/upload freely as compensation for their "Criminal Acts".

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