Last week's presidential election saw Socialist Francois Hollande rise to the highest political post in France. While this election may have serious repercussions all over the world, one side effect of it might be the end of the supposed "three-strikes" copyright infringement law better known by French citizens as "HADOPI." When we say end, we mean that HADOPI might not be enforced against internet users even though it might still take aim at large websites that traffic in copyrighted materials.
HADOPI went into effect last year, creating a new bureaucracy that has sent approximately 755,015 email warnings to those who allegedly download copyrighted content without permission. The warnings were supposed to be the "first strike" in a series of measures. Ultimately those that make it to the "third strike" phase of the law would have their Internet connection taken away from them. France’s former government made the claim that HADOPI reduced piracy by up to 66 percent. Others disagreed with that lofty statement.
All that aside, the French press has begun speculating that Hollande might kill the law. One report in French news magazine L’Express claimed that France's new president would implement a revised version of the law by 2013. The report goes on to suggest that the existing law would not be enforced.
Publicly Hollande has vowed to fight illegal distribution platforms that distribute cultural content illegally. This has led some to speculate that the new French government will halt current enforcement campaigns against individuals and target file-sharing websites.