French court convicts first internet user over Hadopi anti-piracy law


TS Evangelist
A French court has ordered a man to pay €150 for breaking the country's controversial three-strike anti-piracy law, Hadopi, despite his soon to be ex-wife testifying under oath that she was responsible for downloading the two pirated songs in question.

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TS Guru
Reminds me of 'Alan' from two and a half men where he always gets screwed with no fault of his.
There was a article sometime back stating people stopped pricacy after one or two strikes,
I think they used up thier strikes and then found ways to not get caught.


TechSpot Paladin
Wait, how does two songs equal 3 warnings? Or do they just ignore the material that was downloaded in the first 3 strikes and prosecute in regards to the 4th instance? This whole thing just smells of corruption and bureaucratic non sense.


TS Enthusiast
It was prolly after their third strike. To you it smells. But the ppl in power call it theft. The ppl who make the laws call it theft. The ppl who make the products being pirated call it theft. Its pretty hard to fight the system of laws by commiting lawlessness. The only way this changes is if ppl WORK towards that goal.
In France they gave the individual 3 chances to stop. They didnt and got busted. End of story.


TS Enthusiast
That's about $100 per Rihanna song, probably available at 99 cents thru iTunes. I wonder how much of that $200 will make its way past the lawyers and into Rihanna's pockets. I recall reading that in the U.K. every bit of a huge fine would go to the lawyers. Nice racket.