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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > French Govt and ISPs Battle Over HADOPI Costs

French Govt and ISPs Battle Over HADOPI Costs

French Govt and ISPs Battle Over HADOPI Costs

Added: Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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It seems like a major battle is brewing between the French service providers and the government. The cause is, as usual, money. Although it was quite predictable thanks to the earlier media reports, it still would be interesting to watch the battle and the level it escalates to. Some of the observers even suggests that service providers may simply decide to not fulfill their part of the anti-piracy effort.


The “three-strikes” legislation in France (HADOPI) might actually have been passed over a year ago, but the war is far from over. The issue arising now could become one of a few smaller battles, able to lead to the downfall of the legislation.

The hint for the start of the fight was given earlier this month, when the ISPs raised an issue of compensation for them. Initially, the French government just wanted to make service providers pay the cost of enforcing the new legislation, which is more than high. One can calculate the amount needed to cover thousands of IP look-ups every month at least regarding labor cost. The estimations made were somewhere around $64 million for a year, and the figures were based only on government documents.

Of course, this figure couldn’t just be swallowed by the broadband providers – the stakes are too high. The issue led to many questions like the share of the costs that ISPs should absorb and whether they expect compensation from the government in the first place. No answers are yet given.

Now the dispute goes more public with four of the major ISPs having written to the Ministry of Culture. Their aim was to remember the principle of reimbursement under which the government is supposed to pay the operators for the implementation of the “three-strikes” law. Actually, the providers make stipulations that the government should compensate them first and then they’ll enforce the new legislation.

As for the law itself, it doesn’t provide HADOPI financial provision. However, it requires the service providers to meet the demands for identification. What ISPs are planning to do within these terms is to be ready for a showdown, which means an intention to not implement the requests for identification and see what happens. In the worst case they can always hide behind the constitutional jurisprudence providing support for state costs concerning foreign aims of telecom players.

September 8th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-09-08 23:28:14)
D4T4 avatarOh well that'll be the fishermen blockading the ports again and farmers burning tyres in the streets as is their wont.

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