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France formally rescinded a controversial law that let authorities cut off pirates from the internet; the country is now focused instead on cultural levies on devices like the iPad.

Hadopi end screenshot

The French government on Tuesday formally rescinded a controversial law that allowed authorities to cut off internet access to those who repeatedly download copyrighted material.

France introduced the penalty as part of a larger 2009 internet law known as Hadopi, but did not actually impose it. The very possibility of unplugging citizens from the internet, however, remained unpopular and symbolized for many a backwards approach to technology policy.

On Tuesday morning, France’s Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti held a press conference and took to Twitter to announce the formal end of the penalty:

screen shot of end of Hadopi

In the last year, the debate in France has shifted away from piracy penalties and is now focused on the possible imposition of cultural levies on consumer devices like the iPads and Kindle Fires; such levies already exist in France, Canada and elsewhere in the form of “blank media” taxes that are used to compensate artists for the copying of their work. But as fewer people use blank CD’s and cassettes, such revenue is dwindling.

 

  1. They realised they get even less money from people without internet so they decided to tax even more and fill their pockets that way.

    This blank media tax exists were I live and everyone who knows that it exists uses it as an reason (excuse) to pirate even more, “why pay twice?” they ask.

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    1. Cut off their porn and people get angry.

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