France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

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,


Topics: Piracy, Apple, Censorship, Legal

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  • What they don't mention ...

    Is that iTunes media growth (not apps) was more than 30 percent for the US, which currently has no "three strikes" law. In other words, the statistic is completely irrelevant.
    terry flores
    • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

      @terry flores Because the 22 percent increase was in [i]France[/i]... which in light of the three strikes IP law makes it more relevant than you are willing to admit.
      • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

        @Pete "athynz" Athens

        no it really doesnt.
        Scarface Claw
      • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

        @Pete "athynz" Athens

        One could reason that since France's iTunes growth was less than the growth in the US, which does not have a three strikes law, the three strikes law is hurting iTunes sales in France by not helping to expose potential buyers to new music they would want to purchase.

        Besides, everyone knows that 87.9% of all statistics are made up!
  • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

    Barred from using the web? If that isn't extremist, then what is? Maybe they could cut off his pinkie, instead? Why is the birthplace of Democracy, becoming more and more like the US and it's "China-esque" behavior towards IP Laws that are very flawed and obviously favor one side vs the other?
    • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

      @trust2112@... When did [i]France[/i] become the birthplace of democracy?
      • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

        @Pete "athynz" Athens OK so they forgot modern. Beware of geeks bearing gifs.
  • France claims ???three strikes??? piracy law is working????

    "France"? So the IFPI is now France? How can that be?
    It simply amazes me that we continue to take the "industries'" figures at face value instead of truly "independent" studies. The "Industry" has been manufacturing facts and figures for years and throwing them at anyone who sits still long enough to be hit by them. They have "NEVER" shown were they get these figures or that they are relevant to the issue at hand.
    Sceptical Observer
  • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

    When has government, any government, ever declared anything its done as being anything else but a sucess? Governments (like corporations) are incapable of telling the truth including when telling the truth would better serve them to lie. This is almost certainly a by product of the excess of lawyers in government positions. <br><br>Ever heard the prase "Lie, Deny & Thrive"? Governments, like corporations, are of the mindset that you have to lie because any admission of truth would certainly devestate the company or the governmental body and so it must always be a lie.
  • RE: France claims 'three strikes' piracy law is working

    If a media outlet cannot add enough value so people are willing to pay them then that is their tough luck. Three strikes sounds like an extortion racket to me! An illegal activity if ever there was one. There being several parties involved with the intent to defraud makes it a criminal conspiracy too. Now who are the pirates?

    BTW who can I pay to make sure Lady Ga Ga is never heard from again? That I'd shell out cash for!