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French “3-Strikes” to Disconnect Users of Illegal Streaming Sites?

French “3-Strikes” to Disconnect Users of Illegal Streaming Sites?

Jacques Toubon, member of the board of the High Authority for the dissemination of works and protection of rights on the Internet (Hadopi), says that illegal streaming is “included in the existing law,” and that all that is needed is a “statutory extension” so that it can “apply a flexible response.”

Anti-P2P efforts are often conceived with little knowledge of how they’ll actually function in the real world it seems, and recent comments made by France’s former Minister of Culture and current member of the board of the High Authority for the Dissemination of works and Protection of rights on the Internet (|HADOPI), Jacques Toubon, prove the point.

HADOPI is the the govt agency established by France’s “Creation and Internet” law that is tasked with forwarding IP addresses suspected of copyright infringement to ISPs on behalf of copyright holders. The first letters, or strikes, we’re sent out last October, and a study has shown that only 4% were to quit.

Now Toubon is making the graduated response system seem even more ridiculous by claiming that the the ‘Creation and Internet” law also covers illegal streaming and that users of these sites will be targeted just like users of illegal P2P applications and services.

He says all that is needed is a “statutory extension to apply a flexible response” which, he claims, will happen “all in good time.”

It’s amazing that he even thinks that users of illegal streaming sites could be monitored. Short of demanding sites turn over the IP addresses of anyone viewing copyrighted material at a given moment there’s no way to monitor the exchange of content.

Direct connect-style P2P and BitTorrent are easy to identify people suspected of illegal file-sharing because their IP addresses agree made public via an actual connection or as part of a BitTorrent swarm.

Illegal steaming poses a challenge for copyright protection efforts because of the difficulty in identifying users. The only way to reasonably try and prevent the illegal practice is by filtering and blocking streaming websites, but that raises a whole other set of concerns that likely weren’t discussed when the “Creation and Internet” law was passed into law.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
CastInTheNameOfGod;YeNotGuilty
CastInTheNameOfGod;YeNotGuilty

Watch this law creep and creep absorbing more and more until it's locked down the internet so hard that everyone is forced back to CDs and DVDs. That is the intention, to kill the competitor and continue to rely on the old media for as long as possible, or our wallets run dry.

ppl r soooo dumb
ppl r soooo dumb

and greedyall politicians are either dumb or greedy, usually both, same with most people. still, i find the 12+ years of trolling the media to be epic lulz, and i cant wait untiol they start cutting off the internet.sometimes its just fun to watch shit burn

Mountain_rage
Mountain_rage

Well just goes to show how much this guy actually understands the technology he is trying to legislate. Once the old generation is booted out, and the current generation takes over it will be much harder for lobbyist to suggest these stupid ideas. Once you have people who actually understand the tech, you will start to see discussions, which leads to critical thought, which hopefully leads to the elimination of stupid laws.

Heironymouse
Heironymouse

No, that's the sugar they are baiting the corps with to support their machinations. The real reason for this is CENSORSHIP which they can blame on their convenient scapegoats the 'greedy corporations' and 'them ebil terrists'.

Rekrul
Rekrul

"Well just goes to show how much this guy actually understands the technology he is trying to legislate. Once the old generation is booted out, and the current generation takes over it will be much harder for lobbyist to suggest these stupid ideas. Once you have people who actually understand the tech, you will start to see discussions, which leads to critical thought, which hopefully leads to the elimination of stupid laws."You mean like the young FBI agent who was in charge of the Thanksgiving day domain seizures a couple months ago and who clearly didn't understand the technology? He's young and grew up in the era of home computers, so what's his excuse?There's this myth that people growing up today understand technology because they grew up with it. The problem is that they know how to USE it, which is very different than understanding it. The truth is that many/most people are dumb as a post when it comes to understanding how the technology that they use on a daily basis works. Pick any teenager today with a Windows based computer and ask them if their hard drive is FAT32 or NTFS and 90% of them won't have a clue. Ask them to check and they'll look at you like you just suggested that they attempt brain surgery. Hell, most of them don't even know what resolution their Desktop is set to, and you expect them to understand how data is transferred over the net?



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