French Anti-Piracy Law is WorkingAdded: Saturday, February 25th, 2012
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The entertainment industry is again celebrating – a study into French anti-piracy legislation revealed that it appeared to be working. Regardless of the fact that the agency responsible for tracking the cases of copyright infringement, HADOPI, only sent its first cases to the courts last week, the research indicated that the appeal of piracy has reduced in the country since the law was passed.
According to the results of the study, digital sales that were previously slow to start in France, are now growing and music industry profits are starting to stabilize. The head of Universal Music France confirmed that French citizens started to realize that content creators should get paid for their work. The reason is that a lot of people have friends who have received a notification saying that they could be cut off, which creates a buzz and causes an educational effect.
HADOPI had sent over 800,000 notifications by email to alleged infringers by the end of last year. There were also 68,000 second warnings that had been issued through registered mail. Finally, as many as 165 cases reached the 3rd stage, where the courts are allowed to both impose fines of $1840 and to suspend broadband connections for a month.
The representatives of HADOPI believe that the relatively low number of 3rd-stage infringers proved that the system had succeeded. The pro-copyright outfit was given a budget of almost $15 million and employs 70 people. HADOPI claims that it has been watching a sharp decline in file-sharing in the country.
Another study, conducted by Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh revealed that HADOPI gave a boost to the Apple iTunes store. Although there was no evident proof that the boost was caused by anti-piracy law, the case for a link was demonstrated by the fact that sales of musical genres suffering from high levels of piracy, such as hip-hop, increased significantly more than the sales of low-piracy genres, such as Christian and classical music.
The estimations are that HADOPI gave Apple over $18 million per year worth of iTunes music sales in the country. The “three-strikes” law was brought in by the President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who believes that post-SOPA supporting such rules is creating opposition. His opponents claim that HADOPI infringes on civil rights and they are actually getting a lot of support.
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Saturday, February 25th, 2012
|posted by (2012-02-25 20:18:55)|
|Big deal! Most music mainly hip hop of today sucks. Now they're trying to blame file-sharing for their loss, crap. There are many other countries like China, Brazil and third world countries that they try the “three-strikes” crap and it never worked. Even the US had the “three-strikes” law. The French people always been soft ever since World War 2, LOL!|
|posted by (2012-02-26 08:07:34)|
|" The representatives of HADOPI believe that the relatively low number of 3rd-stage infringers proved that the system had succeeded."|
I can t stop laughing isn t more likely that internet users are using V P Ns and proxys etc to cover their tracks and can t get busted?
|posted by (2012-02-26 16:00:45)|
|Rockman is 100% right - as a French guy who was asked by his mum, his best friend, his best friend's girlfriend, his boss, two colleagues and a lot more how to use seedboxes and VPNs, I can confirm that this stupid HADOPI has just pushed the average person a little deeper underground.|
And also something funny : at least 3 of my friends told me that they used to download very occasionally, but now that they have to pay 3 or 5 bucks a month to do it anonymously, they will download as much as they can to make it profitable. As usual, great work MPAA & Co !
(P.S : It also shows that most people would be ready to pay a "global license" on their internet connection of 3 - 5 bucks a month for the right to download legally as much as they want - but I doubt it would be enough for those greedy idiots, who actually think that if I download an album for free, I would have bought it legally for 15 - 20$. Sure, and to fill my mp3 player of 40 Gb I would have to buy 40 000 / 8 = 5000 mp3 at 0.99$ on itunes = 4950 $ - sure, 6 months of my current salary, of course I would have .. (I choose 8Mb for a good quality mp3 - could actually easily go for 4mb and have twice the same number))
|good points from both 1 and 2, seems like more and more are going underground now|
|posted by (2012-02-27 01:34:04)|
|Nice one Rockman, you just hit the nail on the head. You get caught once, you ask around, and the Guys tell you how to get around it with a VPN or similar. Three strikes is designed to catch the kids downloading so's the parents pay.The Suits don't give a sh!t cos they're on a percentage.|
|What a LOAD OR BUCKET OF S**T OR CODSWALLOP! As for few third time infringers, I expect a LOT of people have changed their ISP rather than risk being cut off, or have turned to more secretive (eg magnet!) P2P downloads which are MUCH harder to track!|
Once again we have lies, damned lies, and statistics!
|same here never got caught for 15 years of torrenting then went open trackers aka extratorrent , got caught , now using a vpn and its all good ever since xD|
|posted by (2012-02-28 05:00:12)|
|Or, is it just the French surrendering again?|
|posted by (2012-02-28 05:27:56)|
|Oh, "@ #7 breakdown," people like you make me wet my pants with laughter - "Oh, I'm just so cool, I've been torrenting for 15 years. See how epic I am. I've been doing this for 6-7 years before bit torrent was even released!"|
Join the boofhead club mate, you'll fit in well there.
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