Friday, 26 June 2009

Hadopi: the new bill establishing sanctions and procedures to be followed

The tone of the new bill (projet de loi), not yet discussed by Parliament, is much harsher than the previous version struck down by the Constitutional Council.
No access to internet for a maximum of a year; any attempt to reinstate the connexion would attract up to 2 years imprisonment and 30 000 euros fine (about 21 000 pounds). I find it fascinating that at a time where copyrights regulations, hence piracy, are strongly criticised in their very existence, the Government chose to take a stand harsher than what happened sometimes when somebody's life and well being is at stake. In other words, money linked with copyrights has more value than the protection of the person, say on social networks. This discrepancy in priorities is typical of the regulatory approach to the internet (think of the US where striking down the legislation on child porn in the name of free speech meant property is better protected than the child's person/body abused by adults), but I can't get over it, and hope I actually won't get over it.
Moreover the procedure used will not involve a contradictory debate but will be one of those simplified ordonnance type of procedure, which when one thinks that freedom of communication is at stake here (including jobs because today one cannot work without internet), is pretty troubling.

Un texte plus répressif pour sanctionner le piratage (JDN 25 June 2009)

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