France set to scrap Hadopi

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The French cultural and communications ministry was urged on Monday to scrap Hadopi, the government agency responsible for a three-strike anti-piracy system. Businessman Pierre Lescure, who has led a consultation on updating French cultural policy since last year, recommended transferring Hadopi’s powers to the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA), France’s broadcasting regulator. The three-strike system should also be scaled down, Lescure said, including removing the penalty of terminating Internet connections and reducing the maximum fine of €1,500 ($1,930), to €60 ($77). Hadopi issues illegal downloaders with up to three warnings, at which point prosecutors can terminate their Internet for a month […]

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