Wednesday, September 19, 2012

France Convicts First Person in Three Strikes Law

France's controversial three strikes law has had its first test in court - 40 year old Alain Prevost has been ordered to pay close to $200 because he received three warnings and supposedly failed to act. Prevost maintains he did not secure his wifi because he did not know how, and took all of his own devices off the Internet when he received his second warning. Ars Technica reports:
A 40-year-old Frenchman living in rural eastern France has become the first person ordered to pay a fine under France’s controversial anti-piracy three-strikes law known as Hadopi. 
On Thursday, a judge ruled that Alain Prevost (Google Translate) must pay €150 ($194) for failing to secure his Internet (presumably WiFi) connection and for ignoring the three warnings sent by the Hadopi agency. He has become the first person to be convicted under Hadopi; his is the first of 14 cases brought against French Internet users who reach the third strike.
Turns out Prevost was in the middle of a divorce, and the third notice went to his wife.

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