After three years in place and "millions" of threatening letters being sent to alleged illegal file sharers in France, the French three-strikes anti-piracy law Hadopi has finally led to the disconnection of one person from the Internet. The individual, who was not named, faces two weeks without access to certain internet functions like web access and access to P2P software and a 600 euro fine.
The individual was caught sharing a few files online and never responded to earlier warnings.
The effectiveness of the entire system has been the focus of the French government; back in May a report revealed that while there was a reduction in file-sharing on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, other services and cyberlockers so no change in activity. The report also concluded that the law failed to benefit legal streaming and download services.
A proposal to eliminate Hadopi was among a list of 75 proposals handed to French president François Hollande yesterday. Others included a 1 percent tax on smartphones, tablet, laptops and other Internet-enabled devices to be given back to French movie, music and art companies. It would replace current levies on recordable media such as blank CD/DVDs, hard drives and memory.