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“Three-Strikes” Law Cost Around the World

“Three-Strikes” Law Cost Around the World

Added: Saturday, August 28th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Recently the calculations have been made to estimate the cost of the French “three-strikes” legislation, HADOPI. The results were around $64 Million per year, which should’ve scared the government to death. Nevertheless, that’s all about France. What about the other countries where the music industry insists on the similar legislation?


Although the topic of cost is not discussed eagerly by both copyright owners and service providers, it’s worth bringing forth – at least, for an accurate assessment of a “three-strikes” law. It’s unclear, of course, how to estimate the likelihood for such legislation to come to the other countries, but the Americans are probably interested in the figures too.

Well, the cost of such legislation can be calculated by the same way as it was done in France. Those estimations were only based on IP look-ups, as they would be needed for the accusations anyway. The cost of $64 million per year for the legislation being in effect looks quite impressive in comparison to the RIAA’s $17 million expenses on fruitless litigation campaign.

Here we go. Bearing in mind that the cost per a look-up in France is about 8.50 euro, the similar figure for the US, for example, can be estimated easily. Different sources provide different information about the cost per a look-up in the US, but they range between $32.50 and $45, so $35 can be fair enough for the calculations. The next step is to consider how many subpoenas as compared to France the US will face. France is determined to disconnect 1000 infringers per day and send 13,000 notifications, though that’s quite scary high statistics. That makes it 16,000 look-ups a day (as to disconnect each out of a 1000 users 3 look-ups are needed), or about 6 million look-ups a year. But that is all about France with its population of 63 million, 5 times less that the population of the US. The conclusion is that 6 million look-ups for France mean 30 million for the US. Each costing $35 it makes it over a billion dollars a year. And that is only the cost of look-ups! Bearing in mind all the other costs like legal fees and stuff, it’s just ridiculous to think music industry can afford it or shift it to consumers.

The simplest estimations can make the government of the other countries to think it over before adopting new policies just because they somehow sound just.

August 28th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-08-28 22:52:51)
D4T4 avatarThanks Sam, with your permission I suggest we all print this off and send it by snail mail to our respective governments on the same day around the world. This would not only serve as a wake up call as it crippled the worlds postal services for a day but would also catapult this news into the worlds media. At a time when the world is in economic meltdown I'm sure the general public would be very interested in this story of the millions being wasted.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-29 03:54:00)
menahunie avatarThe thing is many people had gotten violation notices from their ISP's and no proof of a real violation had or did in fact happen. In fact allot of people got accused and the MPRR, RIAA using a company went oops. Glitch in the software sorry; yea sorry my ass tell it to the jury when my lawyer gets done with you should be the response from those wrongly accused.
The point of this this has to be made clearly and in your face to the law makers so they can see how screwed up all of the false claims made by the MPAA, RIAA and who ever..

posted by (2010-08-29 11:36:40)
No avatarI wonder how much they could collect. Say each infringments gets a fine

posted by Blocked (2010-08-30 01:02:30)
menahunie avatarI forgot to mention innocent users have gotten violation of copyright notices from their ISP's when the users did violation nothing.
The violation notices are mostly e mailed to the ISP; NO VERIFICATION was even required from the ISP to the "Copyright" holder to prove they are in fact the copyright holder...
What this means some one can bombard an ISP with "violation" notices and doesn't have to provide proof they are the copyright holder...


It is time the ISP's show some balls to these "copyright" holders to furnish documented proof; but they will fight that tooth and nail because it will cost them MONEY.. That is what they are trying very hard to avoid; but are trying very hard to have some one else spend their own money for them...

posted by Sun (2010-08-30 03:49:41)
No avatarglad to live in the netherlands downloading is legal here only the massuploading isnt luckily my provider is allowing me to upload alot their userfriendly towards sharing and they refuse to give up information on users atm

posted by Blocked (2010-08-31 00:27:23)
No avatarBritain is leading the world and DITCHING this three strikes utter nonsense!

It's VERY overly expensive, extremely unpopular and of course some innocent people downloadin large non-copyright files, playing a lot of online games and watching a lot of legitimate streamed video would get caught up in this blatant money laundering exercise!

Let's hope other countries follow this shining example, instead of acting with their bums/ backsides!

posted by (2010-08-31 06:40:46)
No avatarI live in kentucky,usa.i have had 2 strikes already,my isp NEWWAVE Has turned me off twice.i am looking to change even if i have to go back to dial up.i also have a d-link router,and it is not locked so i live in fear.and i will not live this way long.it is already in the usa.the internet companies are lying about it.

posted by Blocked (2010-09-02 10:03:18)
mrblue00 avatar3 strikes good cal not internet would becaome desert populated with nothing we are the internet without us it simply doesnt exsist guess we all should go back to gooooooogle.com i mine field of usless info my hand is held hight i download trillions of gigs a year danm fooking proud of it toooooo peace my info junkies god blesses us all with (HER) talent

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