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Illegal Internet downloading: French court strikes down “three strikes and you’re out” plan

By on June 11, 2009

The French constitutional court has ruled the so-called Hadopi law illegal.

The law would have allowed a government commission, rather than a court, to disconnect people who repeatedly downloaded copyrighted content over the Internet. The constitutional court, which is the highest court in France, said that the law “violated the principles of free speech and presumed innocence.”

With the Pirate Party winning a seat as an MEP for Sweden, it seems as if the entertainment industries are losing the legal battles. Perhaps we should all accept that it is time to focus on new business models rather than fighting yesterday’s battles.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: