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France Set to Dump 'Three Strikes' Law
But Keep Several Other Bad Ideas In Place
by Karl Bode 02:45PM Friday May 24 2013
France was one of the first countries to impose laws that require ISPs terminate the service of users who repeatedly engage in copyright infringement. Under the rules, copyright offenders were tracked by a newly-created taxpayer-funded agency dubbed Hadopi and a hired company named Trident Media Guard (TMG). Hadopi then works with ISPs to obtain personal information and send out warning letters or kick people off the Internet. The program hasn't really slowed piracy, and the collected data was the target of a hack attack.

Hadopi was supported by ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, but new French President Francois Hollande made it a campaign promise to eliminate the three strikes program. As part of that promise Hollande assigned an ex-entertainment industry executive named Pierre Lescure to study Hadopi. The results of that study are out, and while it suggests three strikes be killed off, several bad ideas will remain, including user fines and a piracy tax on smartphones and tablets:
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Hadopi the agency would be done away with, but another agency would pick up some of the responsibilities, it's just that they'd greatly decrease the "punishment" aspect. Rather than losing internet access and having to pay up to €1,500, you'd keep your access and fines would be topped at €60. But, on top of that, there are other policies that Lescure suggests that seem pretty bad as well, including extending the copyright levy (the "you must be a criminal tax") to cover smartphones, tablets and any other connected device.
There's of course nothing requiring the government enact any of the reports recommendations. However, it's very clear that three strikes' shelf life appears to be limited -- as is the entertainment industry's long push to have repeat copyright offenders kicked off of the Internet.

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NOCTech75
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Campaign promise does not equal "set to dump"

Set to dump is way too strong considering it is only a campaign promise.. and about as likely as cleaning up the Tour De France.
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jdjbuffalo

join:2004-01-17
Denver, CO

Paying a Tax Because They Assume All/Most Are Criminals

If they are forcing people to pay a tax just because they think all/most will break the law then I think they are creating a self-fulling prophecy.

If I've got no choice but to pay a tax because they think I'm going to "steal" their content then I might as well do so. I'm already being forced to pay for it, so I might as well make the most out of it...
Kearnstd
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Re: Paying a Tax Because They Assume All/Most Are Criminals

This is the main flaw with a "Piracy Tax" The moment internet service gains a "tax" that goes right to the IP rights holders they lose lots of ground in court battles because a defense lawyer could turn around and call the tax equal to payment of a license fee.
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RARPSL

join:1999-12-08
Suffern, NY

Accused of Copyright Infraction

"However, it's very clear that three strikes' shelf life appears to be limited -- as is the entertainment industry's long push to have repeat copyright offenders kicked off of the Internet."

Since the, if I remember correctly, the law does not require proof but only an accusation so that "repeat" should be "accused". Three claims gets you kicked off the Internet not three proven cases.