France’s version of SOPA – reports show HADOPI anti-piracy law discourages file sharing

MackieMR5In May 2009, the French government passed the HADOPI law – in French that’s Haute Autorité Pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet, or “law promoting the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet.” Much like the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) debates that raged in the US a couple of months ago, there was a lot of opposition to the French anti-piracy bill. In large part, a determined effort by French President Nicolas Sarkozy helped the copyright law pass, though many in France still oppose it. Read more.