The Hadopi (High Authority for the dissemination of works and protection of rights on the Internet) controls users who download movies and music illegally in France. It has been a subject of much controversy since its inception early 2011 and is now becoming the victim of its poor record. Indeed, according to some figures released last May, it turns out to be a particular financial burden,
Hadopi, the agency in charge of enforcing the law would thus be in debt: according to the site PC Impact, for €1 grant from the Ministry of Culture, the High Authority spends €1.07. In 2013, the Hadopi in France received a grant of €8,427,600 euros (vs.11 million in 2012).
A reform of the law is thus under consideration in France. Pierre Lescure, a former TV channel manager was asked to work on a report addressing the benefits and future of HADOPI. In the Lescure report which was released in spring, he proposed the outright removal of the Act, but other measures are also studied. Aurélie Filippetti, the Minister of Culture, announced on July 9th that a decree was signed to remove the fact that those who have infringed a law may see their internet access blocked for a 2-week period. “If convicted, the judge cannot pronounce an additional penalty of internet break”, welcomed the Minister.
This way, “only a fine can now be imposed for the offense of gross negligence.” This maximum punishment had indeed only been applied once since the implementation of the Hadopi law. A court in Seine-Saint-Denis sentenced mid-June a user to have his internet access stopped for 2 weeks, due to its illegal downloading.
But the minister of culture feels that it is “a great victory for all French citizens because the penalty was for her deemed and ” unsuited to the world that is ours “besides” affecting individual’s rights. ” The abolition of this maximum penalty, however, does not call into question the desire of the French government to protect the rights. In case of illegal downloading, “the graduated response will be heavily restructured and Hadopi shall be removed,” she certified.
This new approach aims at fighting against websites that earn money via piracy, focusing on the supplier more than on the web user. Hadopi, the regulator behind the law in three stages shall eventually disappear. Although fines are maintained for those who proceeed to online piracy. A law should be examined late 2013 or early 2014.
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