Trademark HADOPI Owned by French Citizen Added: Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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As every French citizen knows, HADOPI is an anti-piracy group which oversees and enforces the copyright legislation in France, namely “three-strikes” regime. Unfortunately for the government, the trademark of ‘HADOPI’ is taken by someone else. To be more precise, by someone opposed by the introduced France’s copyright law.
For the main part of French population, the word ‘HADOPI’ comes in the same sentence with the word ‘incompetence’. Perhaps it’s a harsh criticism, but the trademark issue, if developed further, may heat up that criticism.
This is what all this is about. Half a year before the country’s government obtained for a trademark for ownership of “HADOPI”, Renaud Veeckman, an ordinary French citizen, did exactly the same. When he obtained for the trademark, the establishment managing all trademarks was quite unhappy and replied that the filing even possessed a risk to public safety.
Nevertheless, since the government didn’t obtain for the trademark fast enough, Renaud Veeckman can now be considered its proud owner. Although it would most likely cause problems for the government, a court of law is the one to decide who the real owner of the trademark is.
The reason for the French citizen to start this game is clear enough – Renaud Veeckman wants to denounce the abuse of a purely repressive legislation. He said that if it comes to his trademark being upheld in court, he would be determined to sue the government – symbolic one euro. This reminds of recent fiasco of a French governing party that pushed for this copyright legislation in the first place, when it was sued by an artist MGMT for copyright violation.
Renaud Veeckman also points out that there was no debate over this “three-strikes” legislation which isn’t good for anyone. As for now, he is planning to set up a legal music site named Apiadiopi, allowing the performers to set whatever price they think is appropriate for their works. The initiative is quite innovative one since it obliterates iTunes’ 99 cents per track. It’s still unknown to whom the service will be catering, but the start in scheduled for September.
Either way the situation is another blow to the government’s reputation: while claiming to work out every little detail, it forgets about simple fundamental thing of trademarking. It could be insignificant if it wasn’t the branch devoted to enforcing copyright legislation.
August 14th, 2010Posted by:
Saturday, August 14th, 2010
|Thanks, stories like this make me smile.....|
|Now that the shoe is on the other foot; but to sue for one euro?|
Come one sue them for millions like they are doing to p2p'ers...
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