Hadopi Already Up To Sending Out 25,000 'First Strike' Notices Per Day

from the no-internet-for-you dept

When Hadopi first started sending out "you're an infringer!" first strike notices last month, we noted that it was initially sending out 10,000 per day with plans to ramp up to 50,000. It isn't taking long. The latest reports show that it's already sending out 25,000 notices per day. That seems like an awful lot. Remember, in all the years the RIAA was suing individuals for file sharing, it only ended up suing 18,000 people total, though it threatened legal action against 30,000.

Of course, this should give you an indication of why the entertainment industry likes these sorts of three strikes things much more than actual due process and lawsuits. They can go after a lot more people, for a lot less money, and a lot less of pesky due process and silly antiquated concepts like "innocent until proven guilty."

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    Karl (profile), 25 Oct 2010 @ 9:23am

    Re: Re: 50K angry customers a day

    Those aren't customers.

    I know I said I wouldn't respond to you, but this is one of the "big myths" that people like to repeat all the time: that people who download illegally won't pay for music, and "just want stuff for free."

    The fact is, every legitimate study ever made proves this is wrong. People who illegally share files actually buy much more music, legally, than people who do not. For instance:

    A study released this week by Jupiter Research reports that about 34 percent of veteran file swappers say they are spending more on music than they did before they started downloading files.
    - Study: File sharing boosts music sales

    Digital music research firm The Leading Question found that they spent four and a half times more on paid-for music downloads than average fans.
    - Downloading 'myths' challenged

    A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) - there is a positive correlation between peer-to-peer downloading and CD purchasing.
    - Gov't Commissioned Study Finds P2P Downloaders Buy More Music

    Researchers monitored the music download habits of 1,900 web users age 15 and above. Over time, the study found that users who downloaded music illegally from P2P file-sharing sites like BitTorrent ultimately made ten times as many legit music purchases than the law abiding users.
    - Study finds file-sharers buy ten times more music

    Now, obviously, studies like this cannot prove that illegal file sharing causes legit purchases (correllation is not causation), though it does suggest the possibility. What it does prove is that the core base of music fans, and the core base of music "pirates," are exactly the same people.

    So, yes: When you attack pirates, you attack your biggest customers.

    Perhaps this could be the next "debunking" post on Techdirt?

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