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France recently passed a law called “HADOPI” that will bar people from the internet for repeat copyright infringement (in English, Higher Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Copyright on the Internet)
Under France’s new Hadopi law, alleged copyright infringers will be hunted down systematically with the ultimate goal of decreasing piracy. Alleged offenders are identified by their Internet providers and will be reported to a judge once they have received three warnings.
The big problem with this is that HADOPI requires that ISPs regulate who has access to the internet. This involves both tracking the real identity of every user and enforcing restrictions on who can use the internet.
The agency responsible for enforcing HADOPI has tracked the identity of 900,000 French "pirates" in the first nine months of opperation.
The first internet user to be barred from the internet under HADOPI is a 54-year old school teacher who doesn't know how to download movies.
Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur to the Commission on Human Rights, has condemned HADOPI in his annual report of 2011: