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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > “Three-Strikes” Letters in France are Imminent

“Three-Strikes” Letters in France are Imminent

“Three-Strikes” Letters in France are Imminent

Added: Monday, September 6th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Although there were too many problems with the infamous French “three-strikes” law, the public comments were made that the warning letters would come out imminently.

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Eric Walter, Security General for HADOPI, commented during an online public discussion the question about the date of the letters starting coming. He said they can’t give the public a date, because the scheme is already working, the HADOPI started to communicate, so it may be obvious that it’s imminent.

This announcement was rather surprising, at least because there were too many troubles with the French copyright legislation in all areas. The main troubles have already been discussed for many times, and HADOPI even had to launch a public consultation on some of them. For example, the issue of claiming innocence because of hacked connection is still not regulated yet. That’s what the government launched a public consultation for – to ask what can count as a secure broadband connection. However, they never explained what can count as gross negligence, making the user liable for infringement committed from their hacked Wi-Fi.

Another issue on question is whether the government is going to use mandatory spyware and how the users will accept this. In fact, the potentially targeted file-sharers may just not be informed, though the government spent over two weeks handing out leaflets to motorists. In addition, the law doesn’t cover all kinds of file-sharing – for example, streaming and one-click hosting are not touched. Then, an IP address can’t be considered strong evidence, and the case of a printer falsely accused of copyright violation can prove it.

All of these troubles are about file-sharers and technical side of the issue. Still, the financial burden problem hasn’t been solved yet either. The question of who is going to pay $64 million per year for enforcing the law is unanswered.

Besides, the problems on HADOPI keep arising from day to day. It was recently discovered that a compromised website could be used as a proxy for copyright violation, and the list of such vulnerable websites include the site of the French National Assembly.

All this points out that HADOPI is just far from ready. Actually, one may say that everything about this law is wrong and yet its representatives claim the letters are imminent. The only thing that’s imminent is that some unwitting users can suffer from scam letters, as there’s already been a case.




By:
SaM
September 6th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, September 6th, 2010



Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2010-09-08 05:04:37)
No avatarWow i guess thats the $64 million dollar question! Theres going to be plenty of chopped french legs on this one! The EU sucks anyway, nothing but a bunch of two faced muppets who would rather bag a bunch of notes rather than fight for anybodies rights! Its hard to believe that most of the European countries in one way or another have all fought with lost lives for independence then some colourful dickhead thought AH wouldnt it be good to merge everyone into one giant pile of shit and call it the EU, We can play the Robin Hood Game. Rant over ..............Bye.

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posted by Blocked (2010-09-12 01:49:24)
No avatarHope the French authorities back down and see sense.

The UK is a SHINING LIGHT in repealing the three strikes nonsense brought in under Labour.

EITHER you sue EVERYONE who might be infringing or you sue NO-ONE!

Anything else is manifestly EXTREMELY unfair and just hitting people at random, who HAPPEN to get caught in the cross-fire, by unlucky CHANCE.

As it is impossible to sue EVERYONE, it is only fair to sue NO-ONE!



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