Feeds

First French P2P 'pirate' fined €10,200

Schoolteacher's public shaming

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

A French teacher was yesterday fined €10,200 ($13,300) in France's first major illegal file-sharing prosecution.

Alain Oddoz, 28, was arrested on 18 August 2004 following an investigation into music-sharing information site France Barter by French law enforcement agencies. The teacher, one of 302 regular users of the site, was accused of sharing 30GB of music files, Le Monde reports.

The teacher will have to pay €3,000 now, with the rest deferred to a later date. The fine could have been much worse. Music industry representatives had asked the Pontoise court to impose a €28,366 fine.

"I do not have any idea how to pay - it is a sum which I do not have," Oddoz told the Court.

However, he must take out a series of newspaper adverts to publicise the crime and punishment. His computer equipment was also confiscated.

Today, a group of French musicians, academics and others will call for such legal action to cease.

"Eight million French people have already downloaded music on Internet. Unable to prevent it, the majors of musical industry try to intimidate these 'pirates' with a multitude of lawsuits. Undoubtedly, the record industry is faring badly. And the digital revolution can't take place if it's founded upon the suffering of artists and producers, whose work must be protected and remunerated. But other solutions exist. New systems of financing are being invented. The music industry should back such endeavours [not engage in unnecessary legal action]," wrote the petitioners in an open letter published today in French newsmagazine Nouvel Observateur.

In recent months European music industry trade bodies have actively pursued file-sharers through the courts, albeit with a lower profile than the Recording Industry Ass. of America's highly publicised anti-P2P lawsuits. In June 2004, Germany's first case ended with a fine of €8,000 imposed on a man for sharing songs without permission on Kazaa.< ®

Related stories

Napster launches portable player-friendly music service
MP3.com founder vows unchained melodies
Music biz serves writ on German IT site
Norwegian student fined for MP3 links
Dutch eDonkey site owners released
SuprNova.org ends, not with a bang but a whimper
Musicians 'unconcerned' about file sharing
JetGroove culls songs as music biz says 'cease, desist'
UK music biz set to sue file-sharers
Iceland's net traffic plummets, following P2P raids
P2P net iMesh falls in line with RIAA
German fined 8000 for Kazaa uploads

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.