France's three-strikes copyright rule is unconstitutional and hence dead

Jeremie sez,
The Constitutionnal Council, highest jurisdiction in France gave its decision1 concerning the HADOPI "three strikes" law [ed: France's insane plan to force ISPs to cut Internet service to people who have unsubstantiated accusations of copyright infringment], final stage before the promulgation of the law. It decided that presumption of innocence is more important than the idiotic schemes from the entertainment industries to artificially prolong their obsolete models.

All sanctioning power (ie. disconnecting internet users) has been removed from the HADOPI.

" This is a great victory for citizens who proved they can altogether act to protect their Freedom. HADOPI's "three strikes" is finally buried. All we have now is a big tax-sponsored spam machine for the entertainment industries. But this is not the end of Sarkozy's will to control the Internet. The next law, LOPPSI, is already on tracks and will be about filtering the content on the Internet. Citizens must celebrate this great victory but remain watchful..." declares Jeremie Zimmermann, cheerfully.

Hadopi is dead: "three strikes" killed by highest court. (Thanks, Jeremie!)

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  1. Woohoo! Go Frenchies! I was a one-issue voter in last weeks EU parliament-election (in Holland), so I voted for the only (Dutch) person I could find that explicitly rejected the EU-variant of this ridiculous idea: Sophie in’t Veld (D66).

    I’m a big fan of France as a country (it has cool people, too!) so am quite happy to read about this.

  2. It was a close call, but I’m relieved it was rejected on those grounds.

    @Dapascha : reactions similar to yours could also have been behind the rise of Green party in France to #3 (16.28%), only 30,000 votes behind #2 socialist party (16.48) at those elections.

    The Green party was the only one vocally opposed to this project from the beginning.

    And thanks :)

  3. Yay, I’m french and this is a big relief for a lot of people here. But Big Brother is still coming to watch us, thanks to the frightening LOPPSI stuff.

    The actual french government is so not aware of what is going on with the youth and the Internet, this is a real shame…

    Eddie
    lechoix.fr

  4. Yeah, V like Victory, V like Vendetta, now they have killed Hadopi, let’s slaughter Loppsi. People, mouse in hand, en guarde !

  5. ref. 4

    Concur. I voted green for this same reason. Would have voted for the pirat party but they were no french pirat party candidates to EU.

    Keeping in mind, this is a poor victory. France is going the surveillance / repressive road like many others EU states. Bad times.

  6. “The Green party was the only one vocally opposed to this project from the beginning.”
    Even if the Socialist party was not very vocal about Hadopi, they are the one (especially Patrick Bloche and Christian Paul) who contested the law under the Constitutional Council. Thanks to them !

  7. “It [the Constitutional Council] decided that presumption of innocence is more important than the idiotic schemes from the entertainment industries to artificially prolong their obsolete models.”

    Not mere dry reportage but a generous ladle of gravy as well!

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