France

French Citizen Beats Government to Trademarking HADOPI

HADOPI is effectively an anti-piracy organization that oversees and enforces Frances three strikes law. Unfortunately for HADOPI, someone else took the Trademark of ‘HADOPI’ – someone who just so happens to be opposed by the new French copyright laws to be more precise.


Hadopi Mulling Mandatory Spyware to Help Enforce Three Strikes Law

Many questions have been raised on how HADOPI planned on enforcing a three strikes law. One particular question that really raises doubts on the possibility of enforcement is how to guard against false accusation. One idea being floated right now is forcing users to install spyware that can do real-time observations of what internet protocols


Survey Suggests That 69% of File-Sharers Willing to Stop Over HADOPI

There’s a rather strange statistic that is floating around and it originates from French media outlet 20 Minutes.fr. It says that a survey was conducted and found that 69% of file-sharers would quit file-sharing because of the new three strikes law in France. Of course, after looking in to this a little, this number is




French UMP Members Having Second Thoughts on Three Strikes?

HADOPI in France allowed that country to be one of the first countries to pass a graduated, or three strikes law for alleged copyright infringers. Now, the same country that once looked like a grand example for rights holders trying to crack down on copyright infringement has a problem implementing the law.


French Broadcaster Sued for Firing Employee Based on HADOPI Stance

It was the story of an e-mail heard around the world. You may remember Jérôme Bourreau-Guggenheim who expressed opposition in an e-mail to his member of parliament. That e-mail went back to his employer, TF1, who then promptly fired him because of his political views back in May. Now, Bourreau-Guggenheim is suing TF1 for discrimination.


Judges Given 5 Minutes to Rule On Each Third Strike in France

It seemed like there would be some form of judicial oversight after the three strikes law in France would have to go through a judge, but now there’s a new twist in the infamous HADOPI law. It appears that, on average, judges will be given 5 minutes to decide whether or not to disconnect and


French Pirate Party Member Refutes ‘Hacker Group’ Name

File-sharers have been called many things throughout the years. They’ve been associated with “bikey gangs”, terrorists and crime networks to name a few. While file-sharers have been named a number of things by the copyright industry and those that support them, that doesn’t mean they like being called these names. A French Pirate Party member


French Military Called in to Shut Down SnowTigers.net

There was a major shutdown of a private BitTorrent website recently. The French military was apparently used to shut down Snowtigers. 10 people were arrested and frequent members and donators are said to be of possible concern into the investigation.