Two months ago,
this guest Kat was writing about the future loss of the HADOPI authority, created in 2009 to fight against on-line piracy. Four years later, the newly elected French government considered that repression through internet suspension was not the most suitable way to lead the battle and that, as promised by candidate Francois Hollande, that authority should be removed. As a reminder, this was the
situation at that time:
"It seems the final sanction consisting of a double penalty (a penalty fee and a temporary disconnection from the internet) was disproportionate and might be a threat to fundamental rights. Aurelie Filippetti, French minister of culture and communication argued yesterday that this measure was out of proportion, constituted a threat for freedom of communication and that access to internet should not be barred to any citizen based on such grounds. She added that this measure will not be replaced by any other and that the actual system was sufficient to fight against online piracy. Finally, she stated that the fight against domestic piracy had to be reoriented towards commercial websites making huge amount of money.
... In consequence, the authority Hadopi (stands for “Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet”) will soon disappear and all its powers will be transferred to an old French regulation authority, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA).
… To summarize: Hadopi has been working for two and a half years and so far, while 4.7 million IP addresses have been detected by rightholders between October 2010 and February 2013, only 29 files have been sent to the French prosecutors' office, leading to… three decisions."
|This is how you transfer |
regulatory powers in France!
* The deputies can reject the entire law, which is very unlikely since the socialist party has the majority in this parliament chamber.
* The Constitutional Council may censored the amendment if seized.
Thus, it seems most likely that the amendment will pass within the new law. Both will give strong power to CSA to regulate online piracy. Regarding this situation and the fact that Hadopi was removed in consideration of fundamental rights, this guest Kat wonders if Hadopi was really that bad ...