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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    PaulT (profile), 5 Oct 2011 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Re: Who Establishes Ownerhip?

    I believe that every time I bring up region coding, the response is somewhere between "buy what we offer you an nothing else", and "you're a dirty pirate is you crack CSS/import legally". Oh, and a quick word: VLC. If you have a DVD that's region locked, try that to play it on your computer without having to jump through the "you can only change the drive's region X times" hoop. Saved a lot of tourists from Australia buying DVDs on vacation over here, I can tell you.

    I swear that half of the industry's problems could be overcome by simply offering product region free. Then again, I don't know the title you were trying to get. Maybe I could suggest something, especially if it's more of a cult item? Anyway, I know for a fact that I've imported many films that are region 1 only, and most people wouldn't bother with the difficulty and expense.

    But, of course, we're "stealing" if we download a movie that's not legally available to us. Which makes as much sense as me "stealing" by sitting here watching UK Channel 4 through my satellite box in Spain (I didn't pay for the channel, as I wasn't asked to).

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