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Tuesday, 26 October 2010 09:03

French might be regretting that three strikes law

Written by Nick Farell
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Should never have surrendered to the Entertainment industry
The French government is probably regretting surrendering to the entertainment industry and bringing in a three-strikes law against file-sharers.

According to Billboard.biz French labels are sending 25,000 complaints a day to Hadopi, the agency enforcing that country's "three strikes" law. Quite how it is researching the names of all these file sharers is anyone's guess and it is not clear if they are providing enough “evidence” to switch users off.

The entertainment industry hopes that the threat of being disconnected will force legal digital sales will go up, and alleged infringements will go down. However with that many complaints going through the system and the fact that one-click downloading sites such as Rapidshare are not covered it is looking like the French have created a mess.

The law allows Hadopi to, following a complaint, track down the user in question, initiate a warning process, and ultimately boot the consumer off his or her ISP. But if HADOPI is looking at all these complaints it is moving very slowing to deal with them.

Billboard said that the agency fears its hotline would be overloaded by people calling after having received a warning, or by people protesting at the HADOPI system. Since few people have called the hotline it appears HADOPI is not going after the 25,000 complaints a day.

Nick Farell

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+17 #1 Morse 2010-10-26 09:18
well i'll be damned the French are actually useful for something.. heheheh only kidding.
This is perhaps good news I think as it will give other governements a warning about signing our rights away to big entertainment companies.
 
 
-12 #2 guideX 2010-10-26 09:25
Europe :D
 
 
+16 #3 Wolfesteinabhi 2010-10-26 09:27
usually banning one thing only gives rise to couple of more alternatives than just one!
 
 
+25 #4 Jaberwocky 2010-10-26 10:12
Not sure how the entertainment industry are going to increase revenue in France when there are no consumers left with internet connections over there. :-*
 
 
+10 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-26 10:21
Digital sales to go up and disconnecting their potential clients from the internet is kind-of a contradiction.

Anyway, when were digital sales down? AFAIK, they, the mafiaa that is, complained every time about CD sales and a lot of impertinent "professional" surveys never accounted for digital sales.

Oh boy... they can spin it all they want, but apparently their also spinning out of control. Talk about poor logic. Do they take us for fools!?!?
 
 
+1 #6 Tr0y 2010-10-26 11:09
Give us back Kurt Cobain and I might consider paying for music again ;-)
 
 
0 #7 SlickR 2010-10-26 15:49
Quoting Jaberwocky:
Not sure how the entertainment industry are going to increase revenue in France when there are no consumers left with internet connections over there. :-*

Ahahahahahha, totally agree with this statement. How will digital sales go up if there are no users with internet connection?
 

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