France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

Summary:While the controversial law still concerns many, a report due to be released this week is expected to say France's anti-piracy laws work, with a 22-percent increase in iTunes usage.

In the two years that France's so-called "three strikes" anti-piracy policy was introduced, a report is expected this week to announce that it has been a resounding success.

The Haute Autorité pour la Diffusion des Œuvres et la Protection des Droits sur Internet, also known as HADOPI, regulates Internet access based on compliance with copyright laws.

In October 2010, the government agency began sending out warnings to users that were found to be in breach of copyright. When an IP address is linked to the uploading of copyright infringing material online, a notice is sent out, and a strike is registered.

The latest data shows that around 736,000 have hit their "first strike" and 62,000 on a "second strike". Only 165 Internet subscribers are on their third and final strike, according to TorrentFreak.

If a French Internet user is found to have uploaded content a fourth time, they will be barred from using the Web.

But France's "three strike" piracy policy, though still controversial to this day, does appear to be working.

A study by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), due to be released this week, is expected to show that the "three strikes" rule has led to a 22.5 percent increase in purchases from Apple's iTunes. It's also expected that an extra €13.8 million ($17.8 million) has been generated for the French economy.

The UK's Digital Economy Act is expected to come into effect later this year. But the law has been marred with controversy and has been faced with opposition from not only Web users but Internet providers also.

Not only did the UK government admit that it had "no evidence" to support the bill in its draft form, two major Internet providers continue to challenge the law in court in a bid to clarify what exactly it allows the judiciary to do,

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Topics: Piracy, Apple, Censorship, Legal

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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