Prison or fine for French p2p users ?

By EDRi · January 17, 2007

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

The French Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, considered in
December 2006 that there should be no prison for those downloading only a
few works from the Internet. However, just a couple of weeks after this
statement an Internet user was condemned by a French court to imprisonment
for having downloaded movies from the Internet.

“Prison for Internet users is over” was the statement of the Minister of

Howeve, on 11 January 2007 in Nantes, an Internet user was sentenced to two
months of imprisonment and payment of damages – 10 euro/film to SEV (Video
Editor Union) and the national film federation.

As a clarification to the DADVSI law, a letter from the Ministry of Justice
was to be issued to all prosecutors to adapt their judgements on the basis
of the severity of the copyright infringement in order to avoid imprisonment
for little P2P pirates and apply this punishment only to severe crimes. So
far, this seems to be ignored by French prosecutors.

The little pirates will not go to jail (only in French, 26.12.2006)

Prison for Internet users is really not over ! (only in French, 12.01.2007)