Strange, Iliad is really not the right target. Orange or neuf (the 2 other big IAPs) would
have been better "first" targets since, as far as I perceive it, they are not as free software
friendly than Iliad. Actually it even looks fishy.
I heard some guys from neuf would be involved in this prosecution. Heard too that the release
of their neuf box source code would be fake: you would not be able to have a fully opened
source neuf box providing net/tv/music/movies access.
Moreover, the prosecutor is one of the main ip tables coders, and that's a big message: in
France, high speed internet connections are achieved through IAPs boxes, then they could
become a perfect way to industrialize internet control without the loss of performance "on
authorized internet protocols only". For instance a bittorrent iptable filter remotely and
silently enabled on your box is a piece of cake... and we can even imagine worst case
scenarios (a cam, a microphone etc...). The middle-ground to allow the box to enter the
private home of people and being a mandatory piece of equipment to connect the net seems
unbalanced. Indeed, it would be saner to have a fully opened box.
Another issue arise: rights of TV/Music/Movies distributed through the box seems to be
enforced by code cloaking. Probably user level proprietary software. Ok, everybody knows
that's stupid because it won't forbid some people to get the content some other ways and
distribute it on the net.
And we reach the classic conspiracy theory that Al Capone company would be indirectly behind
all that since Iliad is really the last of the 3 big IAPs to prosecute... too "free software
friendly" for the Al Capone company...