France kills three-strikes copyright disconnections

After years of controversy, millions spent, and nothing to show for it, the French government has backtracked on HADOPI, its “three strikes” law that made it possible for entertainment companies to demand the termination of Internet accounts accused of illegal downloading. People whose routers are implicated in piracy may still face fines – even if… READ THE REST

“the panel concluded that the three strikes mechanism had failed to benefit authorized services as promised.”

More proof, as if needed, that politics is nothing more than an enforcement authority for industry. Everyone with half a clue knew and said that this would be the case before this law was even passed.

This is important. Three-strikes systems had gained momentum a few months ago, spreading from government to government like bad weed. Now the first to implement it are the first to admit it’s useless; it will take a while for others to backtrack, but they will likely all follow suit. It’s not a vote-winner (in fact, it’s a good way to lose your already-fickle 20-something electorate), it doesn’t work, and with record companies fighting for financial survival, it probably doesn’t even deliver the slush money it used to.

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The actual suspension was actually prononced by the judges once in 4 years. And it was technically impossible, as the condemned was on a triple-play contract and the ISP was supposed to leave TV, phone, and email access (meaning gmail, hotmail and consorts) available…

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