HADOPI / Olivennes Bill

French law implementing the "graduated response", where internet access can be cut off after suspicion of repeated filesharing

European citizens: mobilize to block Sarkozy's "graduated response" at the Council!

A few weeks ago, the French law installing “graduated response” against Internet users was accepted by the French Senate1

  • 1. Translation of the french law.

Commission accepts amendment 138 against graduated response

The European Commission accepts amendment 138 (Bono/Cohn-Bendit/Roithova) against the french "graduated response", one week after the French law is unanimously voted in first reading by the French Senate.

Graduated Response : The Lesson

The European Commission opposed on Monday a flat refusal to French president Nicolas Sarkozy's request for deleting amendment 138 of the Telecoms Package. It is yet another slap in the face for the proponents of the graduated response.

Graduated response: Europe must resist Sarkozy's authoritarianism

A letter from Nicolas Sarkozy to the president of European Commission, Jose-Manuel Barroso, has been published today on the website ecrans.fr.[1] Sarkozy begs Barroso to reject Bono/Cohn-Bendit/Roithova amendment (amendment 138) adopted by 88% of the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) during the first reading of the Telecoms package.[2]

Telecoms Package : European democracy's victory already threatened

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) welcomes the adoption, in the first reading, of several amendments correcting major problems in the Telecoms Package, as well as the rejection of the most dangerous amendments.

Members of the European Parliament have shown today their commitment to privacy, the protection of personal data, and principles of proportionality and separation of powers.

UN Rapporteur for Freedom of expression

The Special Rapporteur is deeply concerned by discussions regarding a centralized “on/off” control over Internet traffic. In addition, he is alarmed by proposals to disconnect users from Internet access if they violate intellectual property rights. This also includes legislation based on the concept of “graduated response”, which imposes a series of penalties on copyright infringers that could lead to suspension of Internet service, such as the so-called “three-strikes-law” in France and the Digital Economy Act 2010 of the United Kingdom.

Telecoms Package: Why the European Parliament must fight for amendment 138

On Monday, September 28th, the Conciliation committee on the Telecoms Package – a major reform of the Telecommunications sector in the European Union (EU) – started discussing contentious provisions that remain in the text. Early May, Rapporteurs for the EP and diplomats from the Council of the EU reached a consensus on the whole package, but one amendment that was finally passed by the Parliament : the notorious amendment 138. This fundamental provision is now at the heart of the negotiation.

Yet another adoption of liberty killer “three strikes” law in France.

Paris, September 22nd, 2009 - The French Parliament has adopted HADOPI 2, a law aimed at establishing a so-called “three-strikes” policy in order to fight file-sharing. The Constitutional Council made groundbreaking decision on June 10th 2009 that recognized access to the Internet as essential to the full exercise of free speech, and invalidated the sanctioning power of HADOPI 1. The law HADOPI 2, despite the internet cutoff now being handled in an expedient form of judicial justice, it is as flawed and dangerous as its predecessor, for it was only designed to circumvent the Constitutional Council's decision. The war on sharing continues its way as HADOPI 2 will go through the constitutional test again.

France legislature's rejection of internet anti-piracy bill thwarts corporate interests

The controversial HADOPI bill against filesharing was rejected by the French National Assembly in a very surprising move last week, at the final vote of the emergency procedure in which it was considered, with only one reading in each chamber. Such a last minute rejection happened for the last time in 1983, and is a strong political blow for Nicolas Sarkozy and his minister Albanel. This law faced strong opposition coming from members of all the political parties, driven by a formidable and wide citizen movement lead from the Internet by La Quadrature du Net and others. The law is nonsensical, inapplicable and dangerous for numerous reasons: It allows for parallel administrative justice where innocents will be sanctioned based on immaterial proofs, private police of the network in the hands of corporate actors, and its Article 5 opens very disturbing doors to generalized filtering of content.

blackout: and after.

Paris, March 5th − La Quadrature du Net thanks the tens of thousands of citizens in France who are relaying the "black-out"1 and are being engaged in a huge information campaign on the issues of HADOPI/"Olivennes" law2(implementing the "graduated response" or "three strikes"). The examination of the law at the National Assembly is expected to begin on March 10th, a date that will represent the pinnacle of the campaign. La Quadrature calls on citizens to take action by asking their MP to take a stand in the parliament and to vote for amendments that expose violations of rights in this idiotic law.

French Net black-out against "graduated response"

Paris, February, 25th. Opposing the stubborn and ridiculous will of the French governement to disconnect whole families from the Internet without real proof or trial, La Quadrature du Net issues a call to all freedom-cherishing citizens to a "black-out" of their sites, blogs, profiles, avatars,...

"graduated response": "White list" for a dark age of the Net in France.

Paris, Feb. 23rd - The French minister of Culture in charge of the law setting up "graduated response" against filesharers ("HADOPI" or "Olivennes Law", or "Création et Internet") announced that public wifi hotspots will have to be filtered to allow only access to a "white list" of authorised sites. This is the paroxysm of the absurd logic of this law, dangerous and doomed to fail. This is a perfect example of how a repressive and ignorant legislation can lead to terrible regression for the growth and innovation of our digital societies.

Podcast: Jeremie Zimmermann talking about the Telecom Package at Netzpolitik

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net was interviewed by Netzpolitik. This 40-minute interview talks about the French initiative about "graduated response", about the Telecom Package, and what can be done about it, especially at the European level.

The European chapters of the Internet Society oppose the Olivennes law and its European extensions

The European chapters of the Internet Society have issued a press release that develops an strong argumented stand against the three-strikes approach proposed by the French Olivennes law. Various amendments to the telecom package in the European Parliament try to pave the way for the introduction of this law and similar European regulation.

Read the text of ISOC's press release