[Battlemesh] EU law question

Juliusz Chroboczek jch at pps.jussieu.fr
Mon Apr 9 16:55:14 CEST 2012

> In Italy is necessary to request an authorization for doing links at
> 2.4, 5 and 17 ghz unlicensed frequencies.

Yeah.  That's sucks.

> It's probably a mere formal thing

It's a purely formal thing until somebody decides they want to shut you

> I was wondering how does this work in the other european countries.

> Do you have to do this in your country?

AFAIK, the unlicensed bands are unlicensed in France, i.e. you're free
to use them without authorisation.  (Some of the 5GHz bands carry more
restrictive conditions, if memory serves.)

Howerver, there is still legislation that should make it fairly easy to
shutdown a typical community network.  For example, Article 6 of the
LCEN law of 2004 [1] might or might not forbid anonymous access to a network:

  II.-Les personnes mentionnées aux 1 et 2 du I détiennent et conservent
  les données de nature à permettre l'identification de quiconque
  a contribué à la création du contenu ou de l'un des contenus des
  services dont elles sont prestataires.

(I haven't looked at the LOPPSI law yet, I'm sure there's plenty more in

Looking forward to seeing you in court, together with any café owner who
didn't check your id before giving you Internet access,

-- Juliusz

[1] http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCEN

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