Hadopi is hailing France’s ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy measure a success having sent initial warnings to 1.15 million IP offenders but ultimately referring just 0.0012% of those to the courts.
Less than 10% of those who received first strike warnings went on to receive second warnings.
Since October 2010, rightsholders identified 3 million French IP addresses, 38.3% (1.15m) of which Hadopi felt worth of first strike action. Of those, 8.94% (102,854) went on to be issued with second warnings and 0.029% (340) were passed on the courts in the third stage of the Hadopi process.
However, TorrentFreak reports that there is actually a fourth stage to Hadopi’s three-stikes law. Three-time offenders who do not get caught again for 12 months following their third strike will not have files sent to prosecutors.
In total, Hadopi has conducted 30 hearings and referred 14 cases to French prosecutors since 2010.
President of the Commission for Rights Protection Mireille Imbert-Quaretta said that she was happy with the results and reiterated that Hadopi’s job is to persuade and educate, not to condemn.