France's Hadopi Law Faces Uncertain Future

June 14, 2013 -

After three years in place and "millions" of threatening letters being sent to alleged illegal file sharers in France, the French three-strikes anti-piracy law Hadopi has finally led to the disconnection of one person from the Internet. The individual, who was not named, faces two weeks without access to certain internet functions like web access and access to P2P software and a 600 euro fine.

The individual was caught sharing a few files online and never responded to earlier warnings.

The effectiveness of the entire system has been the focus of the French government; back in May a report revealed that while there was a reduction in file-sharing on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, other services and cyberlockers so no change in activity. The report also concluded that the law failed to benefit legal streaming and download services.

A proposal to eliminate Hadopi was among a list of 75 proposals handed to French president François Hollande yesterday. Others included a 1 percent tax on smartphones, tablet, laptops and other Internet-enabled devices to be given back to French movie, music and art companies. It  would replace current levies on recordable media such as blank CD/DVDs, hard drives and memory.

Source: TorrentFreak

 


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Re: France's Hadopi Law Faces Uncertain Future

The effectiveness of the entire system has been the focus of the French government; back in May a report revealed that while there was a reduction in file-sharing on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, other services and cyberlockers so no change in activity. The report also concluded that the law failed to benefit legal streaming and download services.

It's surprising how many people still believe that oned pirate movie/song/game/show is equivalent to a lost sale (at least implicitly; this is the only way it could be considered equivalent to theft). Well, now here's one giant datum to throw back at them. Stopping some piracy does not lead to more sales, so piracy wasn't denying sales (at least on a one-for-one basis) in the first place.

 
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