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France Handed Out Leaflets on HADOPI

France Handed Out Leaflets on HADOPI

Added: Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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While it’s quite difficult to state that HADOPI is a good solution to rights violation, it is also difficult to argue it can somehow be enforceable at all. The critics usually complain that putting the legislation and a governing authority together and enforcing HADOPI is handled poorly in the country, asserting that the way the legislation was handled could be an indication of the government’s incompetence.


Another point of criticism is the real cost of enforcing the “three-strikes” regime, as it was estimated on the level of $64 million per year, which is a far cry from the $17 million litigation campaign held by the Recording Industry Association of America. The service providers and the government were trying to negotiate who would bear those costs, but it’s clear that whoever does, the cost will anyway get passed down to consumers. So, if someone hopes that new developments will save users money, this is less likely to ever happen.

Over the weekend the government began to handle out pamphlets in terms of an information campaign aimed at raising public awareness of HADOPI. About 260,000 leaflets are reported to be delivered to people coming back from their vacations at toll booths. Still, it’s hard to imagine that people returning from vacation are craving for a reminder that the government is about to put in effect a technologically silly legislation. The action of handing out the leaflets is going to continue on the next weekend.

The leaflets are supposed to warn users that if they fail to secure their Wi-Fi connections, they will have to face legal consequences for negligence. However, the term of a secure Wi-Fi connection is still undefined, with one of the proposals being the spyware, which can’t guarantee honesty from the end user – it could be modified to send a false signal of a secure connection. Meanwhile, hacking secured Wi-Fi connections is getting easier, making it hard to find out the responsible person.

The pamphlet also contains information about what can happen to people who get caught – they face penalties of up to 1,500 euro and get disconnected on the third strike. The initial intention of the French government when handing out the leaflets is to reach the entire family, but not just the specific user. The thing the government fails to understand is how technologically flawed such legislation really is – users downloading from the sources where IP addresses are not recorded won’t be targeted by the law at all.

August 26th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-28 15:34:28)
No avatarThe new UK government has stated that it will revoke the three strikes law brought in under the previous Labour government as early as this autumn. They have the SENSE to know how much damage electorally such very unpopular measures cause. In any case it only applied to the three largest broadband companies, and most P2P traffic is via smaller broadband companies who generally have less limits per month on downloads. No doubt cost of implementation is also a factor.

France would do well to follow Britain's example and scrap non-sensical legislation that will just polarize a large number of people AGAINST the French government while actually achieving very little. As you correctly state, however can anyone be traced from using sources where IP addresses are not recorded? !

posted by Turtle (2010-08-29 14:01:20)
D4T4 avatarWell put chazzo. People bleat on about politicians but the UK seems to be the only ones doing something about it. C'mon America, Australia, follow our lead. Vote them out.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-30 01:13:39)
menahunie avatarThat's coming the elections have started and many are very worried.
One thing that will wake up everyone is all the "new" tax changes taking effect this Jan.01,2011...
You will hear everyone scream.
One is where the health care premiums your employer pays will now be considered INCOME and added to your W2 form. Wait till the average worker gets slammed for additional "income" and the hugh increase in taxes. Think the states won't also see as a way for more "income.
Jan. 01,2011 is the wakeup day.
Hey you voted for these freaks; everyone I VOTED FOR LOST. So you have nothing to whine about. Yep OBAMA said change is coming; but NOT LIKE YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE....

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