Hadopi Accused Of 'Massaging' The Numbers To Make Anti-Piracy Activity Look Better

from the oops dept

We just wrote about Hadopi's back slapping report about how much it had reduced "piracy." We noted that what was really telling was the fact that revenue was still declining. However, as more people look at the details of the Hadopi report, even the numbers they provide are looking less and less credible. Monica Horten from IPtegrity looks at a few different sources that raise serious questions about the Hadopi report. What the analysis shows is that P2P file sharing is still increasing in France. The "decline" is not in absolute numbers, but in relative numbers, compared to other sources -- such as streaming. And streaming has gone up quite a bit. An analysis in the French publication Le Figaro highlights how P2P and streaming appear to have basically flip flopped:

On top of that, France Telecom, who has said that P2P use continues to grow, has also noted that it saw "a marked increase in levels of encrypted traffic since the Hadopi notice-sending began," suggesting that there's plenty of file sharing going on via encrypted channels that Hadopi simply can't track.

Furthermore, Horten points to a Numerama report that highlights the fact that Hadopi's numbers come from the IFPI and ALPA. ALPA is a French anti-piracy organization. In other words, organizations who have a long history of fudging their own numbers. You would think, if the data was really showed that Hadopi was having an impact, its numbers would be a lot stronger.

Filed Under: france, hadopi, p2p, sales
Companies: france telecom

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), 4 Apr 2012 @ 2:03pm


    You are looking at track the wrong way here. They tracked traffic of p2p and encrypted channels. Mike never stated they couldn't track that (Reading comprehension...it helps!). They can't track what the contents of the encrypted files are, though...and yes, Mike makes an assumption that the big increase in encrypted traffic is mostly due to file sharing going underground. Just like anonymous shill trolls say MOST of the content on MegaUpload is infringing without any evidence and only speculation. But, hey, Mike is making a conclusion from the facts. Doesn't mean he is correct...it is just an opinion blog, mind you.

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