French man fined over wife’s illegal song downloads

pirate flag French man fined over wifes illegal song downloads

A French man has been fined under a new law after his wife downloaded two songs illegally by pop artist Rihanna, despite the fact that he was not the culprit of the digital crime.

A French man has been fined under a new law after his wife downloaded two songs illegally by pop artist Rihanna, despite the fact that he was not the culprit of the digital crime.

 
40-year-old Alain Prevost received the €150 fine, half the €300 the prosecution sought and a tenth of a possible maximum fine of €1,500, because he was the one who paid for the internet connection through which the songs were pirated.
 
While the figure charged is relatively small compared to some other high-profile illegal download cases, such as when a Boston University graduate was ordered to pay out $675,000, Prevost clearly believes there is a principle at stake here, where the actual person who committed the crime is let off scot-free, while an unwitting partner is fined.
 
pirate flag French man fined over wifes illegal song downloads
 
Not only has Prevost's wife admitted that she was behind the downloads, Prevost is in the process of divorcing her. He also cancelled his internet after he received a second warning under France's three strike rule, which allows three warnings before cutting a person's internet connection.
 
Prevost hoped to avoid the charges by writing to the agency responsible for issuing the warnings, asking it to contact his wife about the issue, but it responded by email and Prevost had already axed his internet at this stage. Because he was now seemingly ignoring its messages, he was issued a summons.
 
Despite Prevost's pleas of his innocence, he was handed the fine on the basis that he is responsible for how an internet connection he pays for is used. Following this logic, the owner of an uprotected Wi-Fi network that is used by someone else for a crime could face charges.
 
The man is the first to be fined under the new anti-piracy law, but cases against 14 other people are being prepared. 
 
Source: BBC