HADOPI Explained to CitizensAdded: Friday, August 5th, 2011
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HADOPI, the French agency responsible for taking care of the country’s “three-strikes” anti-piracy law, has admitted that within 9 months since the “three-strikes” regime was introduced, no person has received any penalties. However, the outfit summoned ten Internet users in order to explain their activity in the web in relation to file-sharing. People in question aren’t obliged to appear, though.
The outfit reported that it has been tracking 18 million French IP addresses within last 9 months. As a result, nearly 500,000 first email infringing notices were sent, while only 20,000 Internet subscribers have received a second warning.
The so-called “graduated response system” (called in France HADOPI law or Creation and Internet law) became the subject of many debates worldwide, but was still introduced in the country last year, allowing the agency called HADOPI to identify individuals alleged of downloading and uploading copyright protected material and consequently send them notices to stop the unauthorized activity. The same law stipulates that Internet users who failed to comply after three notifications run the risk of being disconnected from the Internet and being included on a blacklist which is supposed to prevent them from trying to subscribe to online services from other Internet service providers.
The organization responsible for handing the legislation has announced that after the meeting they would together decide whether to move forward with legal action. In other words, the task of deciding whether the Internet subscribers that have infringed the law would be passed on to a judge. On this stage, the judge may impose a fine of a maximum $2,000, as well as decide to cut off the suspected individual from the web for a maximum of one month. There is an alternative though, as the judge may also rule to fine the defendant without any disconnection penalty, or even simply let the subscriber go.
French wasn’t the only country that has also imposed a “graduated response” policy for the Internet users. For example, the United Kingdom also introduced similar legislation through its controversial Digital Economy Act. But unlike France, a full explanation of how the legislation works, the range of penalties and how they are going to be applied has not been provided to the citizens yet.
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