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One Thousand Connections Per Day

AP reports that French Culture Minister anticipates cutting off access for one thousand people per day once the three strikes and you're out system takes effect.

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  1. Anon Name says:

    One thousand people to leave their home
    You are accused by MediaSentry of downloading something

    Your landlord gets an e-mail with this:

    1.) Disable access to the individual who has engaged in the conduct described above; and
    2.) Terminate any and all accounts that this individual has through you”

    Your landlord terminates your lease and tells you to leave the apartment.

    And one thousand people per day.

    It is happening already, in Australia.

    “One strike and you are homeless”

    http://www.p2pnet.net/story/22143

  2. Disconnections
    “One Thousand Disconnections Per Day” would be a slightly more accurate headline.

    I wonder how this will affect piracy in France? Will casual pirates change their behaviour or become more determined? Will they change their children’s behaviour? Will honest people get disconnected for legal use of P2P or erroneous infringement accusations? How do France’s ISP’s feel about losing 1000 paying customers / day?

    The refuge of the determined pirate are many. Legislation like this will simply drive them deeper and deeper into the darknet. If there was any possible way to stop illegal file copying we’d have used it on child pornography by now.

  3. re: Disconnections
    @bradm
    You will have to continue paying for your Internet connection, you just won’t be allowed to use it anymore. ISPs are thus technically not losing any money.

  4. Just a minute here…
    Quote:
    “You will have to continue paying for your Internet connection, you just won’t be allowed to use it anymore. ISPs are thus technically not losing any money.”

    I heard this, too. And it doesn’t make sense. How can something like this hold up in court?

  5. David Collier-Brown says:

    This disconnect rate approaches 1/2 the birth rate
    The population of France is huge, at about 662,448,977
    people, but they live in families of more than one
    person, and they are only born at about twice the rate
    they’re being cut off from use of the net.

    If the disconnections happen, in five years there will
    be an underclass of 1,800,000 families with no right
    to use the internet, many of whom will include adults
    of voting age.

    The politicians who’ve voted for this proposal can look
    forward to being held up to public approbation for
    trying to create this underclass, and some large number
    of unhappy voters, arguably everyone whose been cut off
    because of a accusation against their children. If the
    disconnections are found to target specific groups such
    as the North Africans, they will also face new concerns
    about racism…

    All in all, not the kind of initiative that will lead to
    re-election.

    –dave