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French Citizen Beats Government to Trademarking HADOPI

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.

For a lot of French citizens, the word ‘HADOPI’ is often in the same sentence as the word ‘incompetence’. While it might be a harsh criticism, the development of a trademark issue might add fuel to that criticism. A report from La Provence details the ironic development (Google translated)

Six months before the French government filed for a trademark for ownership of “Hadopi”, French citizen Renaud Veeckman also filed for ownership of that very word. When he filed for the trademark, the institute who manages those trademarks was rather unhappy and said that this filing was a risk to public safety – however the ownership of a name is a risk to public safety.

The translation of the article suggests that since the government didn’t file for the trademark fast enough, Veeckman is more than likely the proud owner of the Trademark “HADOPI” which could no doubt cause problems for the government, but a court of law has yet to decide who the real owner of the “HADOPI” trademark really is. From the translation of the article:

The willingness of Renaud Veeckman is not playing the game of cat and mouse with the State but to denounce the abuse of law “of a purely repressive. We do not refuse to fight against piracy, but it denies that the protection of artists through an infringement of individual liberties, a spy of the Ministry of Culture in the computer, it’s worthy of Big Brother.

Veeckman said that if his trademark is upheld in court, he would sue the government for damages – a symbolic Euro. No doubt this was a reference to last years fiasco when French governing party – who pushed for this law in the first place – was sued by artist MGMT for copyright infringement.

Veeckman also commented that there hasn’t even been a debate over the three strikes law and suggests that this is bad for everyone.

Currently, Veeckman is starting up a legal music website called Apiadiopi that allows artists to set the price they want to charge for their music. Definitely an innovative idea since it obliterates the standard 99 cents set by iTunes. To whom the site will be catering to is unclear from the article, but it is known that the site will start up in September.

Either way you slice it, it sounds like another blow to the reputation of the French government who had all the planning worked out, but seemingly forgets to do a simple and basic thing by Trademarking a name of one of their branches. Not the best thing to happen for a branch that is devoted to enforcing copyright laws especially after having to recover from the embarrassment of their own logo infringing copyright back in January.

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
Renaud Veeckman
Renaud Veeckman

Thanks for this article. We will open soon a new website SOS-HADOPI.FR. You can contact me on FB if you want an interview. :-)

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

There are moments when I think I should use Facebook. Unfortunately, I don't use Facebook simply because of the idea that all my personal details would be used to sell to marketers. I really don't like the idea that I'll have every detail automatically placed in to a database, so I simply don't use the site. I am up for an interview and my e-mail addy is at the bottom of every article I write. Feel free to contact me there and we can set something up. :)

utodeb
utodeb

The journal name is "*La* Provence" , an other name of the south east of franec near Marseille. And yes, Sarkozy particularly and politics in general understand nothing about new technology. A+

Nikki
Nikki

The link to the Le Provence article is http://www.laprovence.com/article/region/la-marque-hadopi-propriete-dun-vauclusien - please don't use Google translate for links, it doesn't work properly.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

I can appreciate that machine coding isn't perfect. I can also appreciate that most readers here on ZeroPaid don't speak French fluently either. Weighing the pros and cons, a Google translation is better than no translation at all. Besides, I try and reword a lot of what is being said in these reports so that non-French speaking people can understand what is being said more easily mainly because Grammar is far from perfect with these things (not surprisingly considering the task)

Howard Beale
Howard Beale

This reflects solely on Sarkozy and his cock-sucking wife being scandalous money hungry talentless cunts.

Brandon
Brandon

Sweet, sweet justice.



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