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Three Strikes Piracy Law Banned in France

Gordon Kelly


Three Strikes Piracy Law Banned in France

Time to feel a little bit smug...

The ridiculous, nonsensical , pandering, misguided controversial three strikes law has finally had its teeth kicked in by the French Constitutional Council.

Known as the HADOPI law (Higher Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Copyright on the Internet), had been very publicly back by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and needless to say was greatly supported by the entertainment industry.

It was rejected over two highly sensible points: "enforcing the sanction of disconnection without a hearing before an independent judge undermines the presumption of innocence and the right to a free trial, and requiring Internet disconnection for copyright infringement is an infringement of the right to freedom of expression that is usually disproportionate," explained legal and political ISP news site Linx Public Affairs.

"Moreover, whereas under section nine of the Declaration of 1789, every man is presumed innocent until has has been proven guilty, it follows that in principle the legislature does not establish a presumption of guilt in criminal matters," stated the Council. This basic principle applies "to any sanction in the nature of punishment, even if the legislature has left the decision to an authority that is nonjudicial in nature."

"Freedom of expression and communication is so valuable that its exercise is a prerequisite for democracy and one of the guarantees of respect for other rights and freedoms and attacks on the exercise of this freedom must be necessary, appropriate and proportionate to the aim pursued."

My arguments against are rather more ranting, but in sum - yeah, what they said...

...oh and na, nah, na, na, nah!


via Linx Public Affairs


June 12, 2009, 5:11 pm

@Gordan my day isn't complete without reading your news posts. The sarcasm is much appreciated. Thank you very much


June 13, 2009, 3:39 am

Yea what he /\ (Zeus) said. And I take it all back, the French show common sense after all ;)

Vive la démocratie!


June 13, 2009, 4:19 pm

Common sense overload! I can't believe how spot on they were with their statements. There are some sane people left with some degree of power after all.


June 15, 2009, 5:49 am

Just to rub it in, the 'Pirates' have won an MEP seat.

Some people (i.e. corporations)just don't learn: you do not pick a fight with the consumer - there's more of them.

Moogle Stiltzkin

June 16, 2009, 10:01 am

Funny how when they tried to vote on it everybody had expected a win, but nobody turned up to vote on it so it didn't pass.

They then tried again for the same thing but Sarkozy made sure people attended to vote on it. Then it passed.

Then it got shot down by the French that had common sense as they knew the 3 strike law was pure idiocy.

Viva la revolucion !

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