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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The French Internet/Creation Statute

Nicolas Lucchi, Universita di Ferrar, Facolta di giuisprudenza, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, NYU School of Law, Hauser Global Program, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Stanford Law School, Center for Internet & Society, has published Access to Network Services and Protection of Constitutional Rights: Recognizing the Essential Role of Internet Access for the Freedom of Expression in volume 19 of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011). Here is the abstract.
In January 2010, after a troubled process, the French law for "creation and Internet", commonly known as Hadopi 2, was finally adopted in an amended form. The enacted text was the result of corrective action undertaken by the Conseil constitutionnel (France’s highest constitutional authority), through Decision No. 2009-580 DC of the 10th of June 2009. The Conseil examined the mechanism of sanctions introduced by the regulatory measure assessing the compliance with fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the presumption of innocence, the separation of powers, the right of defense, the right to fair trial, the respect of the right to be heard and the necessary compromise between copyright and freedom of expression and communication.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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