French “Three-Strikes” Warnings Far Below Music Industry Hopes

French “Three-Strikes” Warnings Far Below Music Industry Hopes

This past October France’s “Creation and Internet” law formally went into effect and it seems that it has yet to warn as many suspected file-sharers as the music industry had hoped.

The “Creation and Internet” law is the the controversial “three-strikes” measure to fight P2P in that country that was first proposed back in June of 2008. It was formally passed last September, but not after first before being ruled unconstitutional over the fact that an agency (HADOPI), and not a judge, was allowed to disconnect people from the Internet.

French labels trade body director general David El Sayegh said the music industry has already been identifying and submitting to the govt the IP addresses of more than 25,000 suspected file-sharers per day, and recently raised their daily submission to 50,000, but it appears that HADOPI is so far only notifying a mere 2,000 IP addresses per day. That’s a mere 4% of what the music hopes for.

The Ministry of Culture had said early on that it hopes to send at least 10,000 warning letters per day.

However, it seems that trying to reach that goal of 50,000 would be prohibitively expensive. For according to Jean-Claude Larue, the general delegate of the Union of Publishers Leisure Software (SELL), it costs about 35,000 euros ($46,500 US) per month to monitor 100 titles and collect 25,000 IP addresses of suspected file-sharers. The cost of monitoring 10,000 titles and warning 50,000 IP addresses would likely cost the music industry millions per year.

“We will not process 50,000 referrals a day, but maybe we can do in the end, at least for the first email,” says the president of the Commission for Protection of Rights (CPD), Mireille Imbert-Quaretta. “Nothing, however, limits us to sending the first mail. All this will be defined by the Commission for Protection of Rights, knowing that treat only a portion of complaints is not a goal.”

Stay tuned.

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