The French government has decided that one of the tools used in its supposed "three-strikes" copyright enforcement law (commonly called Hadopi) is not necessary. Prior to the change one of the tools that the government had at its disposal was the ability to disconnect individuals who continually engaged in illicit file-sharing of copyrighted materials after several warnings and actions. Now a panel has decided that disconnecting citizens from the Internet as a punishment isn't that good of an idea.
In June, a nine-member panel lead by former Canal Plus chairman Pierre Lescure created a 700-page report advising on policies for advancing entertainment industries in the digital age. Among an avalanche of recommendations, the panel decided that the three strikes mechanism had failed to benefit authorized services as promised (they predicted that consumers would turn to legal outlets for content once the program went into effect) and recommended that Internet disconnections for infringers should be dumped. The panel's recommendations have been reviewed by the government and the government agrees.
This week the Ministry of Culture published an official decree removing "the additional misdemeanor punishable by suspension of access to a communication service." Since its implementation, only one person lost their Internet access. They were fined 600 euros and were disconnected from the Internet for two weeks back in June. This was after a million notices sent to citizens in France… The official decree does go on to note that file-sharing offenses are still subject to a fine of up to 1,500 euros.
The decree also clarifies that ISPs must provide access to names, address and other personal details of subscribers in order to facilitate the implementation of a system for issuing "automated file-sharing fines."