France Continues Mass Processing Of Infringement Accusations: 60 People Get Third Strike Notice... 650,000 Get First Strike

from the crimininalizing-an-entire-country dept

The latest stats coming out of France's HADOPI "three strikes" (really three accusations) policy are really quite stunning. Most of the focus is on the fact that 60 ISP account holders have received their third strike, and now await to see if they'll be fined and/or kicked off the internet without ever having actually been convicted of copyright infringement. But, to me, the much more interesting numbers are the first and second strike numbers. An astounding 650,000 people have received "first strike" notices, with 44,000 of those receiving a second strike as well. Those are huge numbers. It makes you wonder, at what point do those in power begin to recognize that if so many people are engaging in this, there must be some sort of better solution.

The entertainment industry loves to call infringement "theft," but I don't think anyone would argue that 650,000 people are running around France stealing things out of stores. And that's because people inherently recognize that there's a massive difference between stealing a physical product, such that there's one less of it, and listening to a song that they like, where nothing is removed for anyone else. When a huge percentage of your population is accused of breaking the law, the problem is not with the people... but with the law.

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Oct 2011 @ 11:37am


    While I'm ashamed to admit I own several hundred of the damn shiny things, I'm willing to bet no French politician or their family members (Think of teenagers) will ever receive a notification. Or the same for a member of the "IAA" bunch.
    I say this because I doubt very highly that they are all law abiding people.
    So, to speak bluntly, this law is not going to be applied fairly or evenly. With that said, add to the fact that this law is enforced without investigation, I do feel that the French people should vote the weasels that enacted this law, out of office.
    Yes, those that deserve to be paid should be. And enforcing a law on the people with out any effort of investigation is wrong.
    While some of you cheer this as a step forward, I say to you that, this is the erosion of civil rights and should not be tolerated.
    IP is supposed to be short term and for the benefit of society, not the wholesale branding thousands of people (Or innocent fax machines.) as criminals.
    I'm damn glad I'm old. Hopefully I'll pass before the "IAA" bunch actually have people dragged out of their homes for this crap.
    There has to be a better way of dealing this an issue that simply isn't going to go away, short of turning the world in to a police state.

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