Record Labels Angry That Hadopi Isn't Kicking People Off The Internet Fast Enough

from the pick-up-the-pace dept

A few months back, we noted that Hadopi, the French bureaucracy in charge of sending out "you're an infringer" notices and then kicking people off the internet under that country's three strikes plan, was receiving 25,000 notices from record labels per day (there was some confusion on that story, as I originally believed Hadopi was sending out 25,000 notices, but it was only receiving that many). Only a few months later, and the labels have now ramped it up to 50,000 per day, which was the target amount that they had set back in September. However, it appears that the record labels are upset that, while they're sending Hadopi 50,000 notices per day, Hadopi is only sending out notices on about 2,000 per day. The industry wants Hadopi to just do what I had thought they were doing originally and rubber-stamp all their notices and pass them on. It hopes to get up to 10,000, but the industry is still pushing for 50,000 per day, which is insane when you think about it.

Think about how many mistakes are being made when you're sending 50,000 notices per day. Over the course of about five years, the RIAA apparently sued less than 20,000 people -- and still made a lot of mistakes. US Copyright Group got a lot of attention for accusing a few thousand people of file sharing particular movies -- and also appears to have made a lot of mistakes. Yet, here, with Hadopi, the labels are accusing 50,000 people per day, and are upset that Hadopi isn't just rubber stamping all the notices? It appears that the record labels don't care at all about what happens if they accuse totally innocent people.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2010 @ 10:26pm

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    Non-functional to me is the idea you seem to be stuck in that selling by the "song" is the only way to make money from music. That's record label mentality.

    Picture this: The record labels set up their own "cyberlocker" service, fill it with all their own content and charge people similarly. If the rates are attractive enough advertisers and customers would likely flock to it, provided it's in open formats (DRM free), and they open up ALL their content. Advertising could cover operational costs for bandwidth/servers etc., while there MB/GB package fees would cover the cost of the music itself. Downloads could be logged and applied properly, even toward the Billboard charts, be it just a song or full album. If priced fair enough to compete with the "unauthorized" services they'd be raking it in. They could cut out the traditional retailers like iTunes and Amazon on the digital side by selling direct, give the artists a better percentage, and pocket more than they are now. Same could work for the movie & TV studios, but they all have to give up on the idea of charging CD/DVD prices for content that has no packaging/shipping costs or resale value.

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