While the agency running Hadopi (the three-strikes copyright infringement enforcement system that disconnects repeat offenders from the Internet) is defending itself in the face of threats to drastically cut its funding by the French government, some new data shows that Hadopi produces plenty of notices but very few disconnections or court cases. While we have no idea how much it costs to send out millions of notices, the system seems to be effective in making people stop sharing illegal files - even if it might be only temporary.
According to a report from TorrentFreak stats released yesterday by Numerama show that during the last two years Hadopi has been very busy. Since October of 2010, copyright owners identified a total of 3 million French IP addresses. Of that 3 million Hadopi considered 1.15 million (or 38.3 percent) legitimate enough to use the first strike notice. From there, just 102,854 (or 8.94 percent) went on to receive a second notice via registered mail.
Finally a total of 340 individuals received a third strike. But here's something you probably didn't know: none of those individuals got kicked off the internet because there is apparently a fourth strike.
Those who get a third strike and do not get caught with their hands in the illegal file-sharing cookie jar for 12 months do not have their files sent off to a court for prosecution.
So how many people actually ended up going to court: just 30. And of those 30, only 14 were referred to French prosecutors.
TorrentFreak has some other interesting stats here.