Who is Going to Bear $64 Million Cost of HADOPI?Added: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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Each time the “three-strikes” legislation is discussed, everyone forgets to find out how much it would cost to enforce it. The time came for French service providers to realize this question is a big issue, as the estimations revealed the bill could be high enough.
How can the cost be associated with enforcing a copyright law for service providers? Well, at least, it is the cost of labor to go in and trace the users accused of rights violation. Since there are millions of people out there in the Internet at any given moment, tracking down people in all this chaos would undoubtedly take some effort, even if the ISPs will log all the details of illegal activity.
The question is who will pay for all the labor the ISPs involve in enforcing the “three-strikes” legislation? The topic is currently negotiated between the country’s government and the service providers, who have calculated the cost per complaint. One IP lookup is suggested to cost about $11.
This doesn’t sound like a huge amount, but you should recall the words of the government about the plans to gain a thousand disconnections every day and to send out 13,000 notifications for first two cases of allegations. Only talking about IP address look-ups, one can calculate that a thousand of disconnections means three more thousand look-ups every day (since the disconnection happens only after the third case of infringement), which makes it 16,000 in total.
Here the cost of the law goes up at a frightening level. 16,000 look-ups at $11 each gives us $176,000 a day, or $1,232,000 a week, or $64 million a year! Even the RIAA’s legal battle against illegal file-sharers in the United States (a country a bit larger than France) sounds innocent at $17 million a year in comparison with these estimations.
Considering how fragile the France’s economy is at the moment, it’s just surprising that the country is even considering enforcing legislation like this. It’s still unclear who will bear this huge bill, while many critics have pointed out that the legislation won’t be effective anyway, as there will always be way to circumvent it – hack the router or find anonymous and non-open networks. So, to wonder how cost effective a “three-strikes” law is, you don’t have to oppose it – looking at the rate of popularity of the content being downloaded will be enough. Also considering how much money has been spent to fight it, the only conclusion coming to mind is “it isn’t worth it at all.”
August 18th, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
i say just give up!
theres always going to be copywrite offenders
whats next a chip in dvd recorders and vcrs thateverytime you record movies off the tv it sends ur info to the MPAA?
Instead of spending money to catch people downloading p2p and such why dont they spend it onn battling poverty or better equiptment to catch murderers and rapists im sure they are more dangerous than losing money cause some people got some movies for free!
|How are they going to pay for it? Simple; they are going to tack on another service on your monthly bill.|
A soon as they do that users will go else where.
I some time use satellite internet so the ISP doesn't have to be in my or the country I am in..
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