Making People Want to Download Legally

After some heated debates on the political scene and a great deal of conflicting public opinion, the Constitutional Council of France finally invalidated a portion of the Hadopi law, believing that the terms of the sanctions were incompatible with freedom of expression and communication. A new version has been passed on its first reading by the Senate and is under consideration by the Assembly. This new version still threatens Internet users, who are downloading illegally, with cuts to their Internet access and possible fines. While the importance of illegal downloading and the need for a deterrent seem obvious, the links between warning messages, sanctions and the user’s behavior are difficult to clarify and have not yet been sufficiently studied.

This is an English translation of an article which was published in French in Les Echos.

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