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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 5 Oct 2011 @ 6:45pm

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    In case you hadn't realized, people are beginning to take notice of the wrongs being done by governments and corporations. They are actively getting organized and pushing back. I predicted last year the pirate party in germany, will be at 9% of the voting population in germany by february of 2012. It is now at 8% and growing. Sweden is roughly the same. In the US the Tea party has shown up against business as usual. All the trends show that this pushing back will continue to grow.

    Why don't you able on down to Wall Street and block the Brooklyn Bridge. Just make sure to wear a "Techdirtbag" t-shirt so I can tell who the guy in the video is who gets maced and is screaming and crying like a little bitch.

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