ORLEANS Loiret, May 23 (Reuters) – A convicted Internet for “data theft” for downloading of public documents left freely available on internet intends to bring the matter before the European Court of Human Rights ( ECHR) in Strasbourg.
The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the conviction on appeal Olivier Laurelli, a journalist-blogger who runs a news website.
“My conviction based on a 1929 law on the theft of electricity and an amazing amalgam with Hadopi (the French gendarme internet-Ed) and rape of intellectual property, “he told Reuters on Saturday.
“A law was recently passed to sanction data theft, but it is after my first conviction and obviously did not have retroactive effect,” he adds. “This sentence and the consequences for the other users is, in my opinion, to go before the ECHR.”
Olivier Laurelli had downloaded documents from the National Health Safety Food Agency of Environment and Labour (Anses) placed in free access on the internet. The latter had complained, but the author of downloads was acquitted at trial in 2012.
The prosecution had appealed the decision and the Paris Court of Appeal sentenced him in February 2014, to 3,000 euros fine. The Supreme Court upheld the conviction. (Mourad Guichard, edited by Yves Clarisse)