[A2k] France backs away from Hadopi By Richard Chirgwin

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Wed Aug 8 07:19:30 PDT 2012

France backs away from Hadopi


Anti-piracy group is ‘unwieldy, uneconomic and ultimately ineffective’

By Richard Chirgwin

The French government is counting the cost of having copyright
enforcement shifted from the corporate to the public sector – and it’s
not pleased at what it sees.

Hadopi, the body charged with hunting down freetards under France’s
three-strikes law, has sent a million warning e-mails and 99,000
registered letters. This seemingly-impressive pursuit of Internet
evildoers has, however, resulted in a scant 134 cases being examined
for prosecution – and so far, zero cases have been escalated to the
point where an Internet user has been disconnected.

At a reported cost of 12 million Euros, which overs a payroll that
inculdes 60 agents, the whole exercise has been described as
“unwieldy, uneconomic and ultimately ineffective” and a failure by the
French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti.

Filippetti told Le Nouvel Observateur (Google translation here) that
Hadopi had also failed in a key part of its mission, to foster legal
content to replace illegal downloads.
In a separate interview, Pierre Lescure – head of the commission into
the “Future of Piracy” – has endorsed Filippetti’s stance, saying he
attaches “great importance” to the development of legal offers, and
that the temptations to piracy are so great only a priest would not

“The error of Hadopi was to focus on the penalty”, he told Le Nouvel
Observateur. “If one starts from the penalty, it will fail”, he said,
adding that the sanction of disconnection is, for now, unenforceable.

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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