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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.

Filed Under: france, hadopi, statistics


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    Ninja (profile), 5 Oct 2011 @ 12:08pm

    Crap! This one is Troll paradise!!!

    Mike, you are creating monsters!

    As for the article itself, the numbers were actually much higher. They sent just 650k first strikes over millions of infringements they detected (I don't have the link for the article right now but it was on TF).

    After some math we found out the entirety of France would be disconnected before the next Olympic Games. French Govt is surely doing it right. But oh the disappointment, I was waiting for over a million 3 strikes by now but only 60? Come on, either Hadopi is a total fail or the French are some sloppy bastards and already moved en masse to cyberlockers, seedboxes and the likes. I'd be inclined to think it's a mix of both if it wasn't for the fact that the French actually put Sarkozy in the power more than once...

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