France tracks 18 million file-sharers under Hadopi law

Thanks to France’s new controversial Hadopi anti-piracy legislation, over 18 million file-sharers were tracked since the law was introduced in October of last year. Of these 18 million file-sharers, 1 million random IPs were reported to ISPs to gather details, following that 900,000 identities were discovered and 470,000 warnings were sent – just 3% of the original swoop due to the limited capacity of the Hadopi office.

As TorrentFreak reports, the new Hadopi law states that alleged copyright infringers will be tracked down and sent warning notices; after three of these warning notices they will be reported to a judge. With 470,000 first warnings sent out, 20,000 received a second warning and just 10 alleged file sharers got the third warning, with a judge currently investigating their cases. The offenders risk a 1,500 euro fine and could lose their internet connection for up to a year; however no-one has been disconnected yet.

While 18 million file-sharers is a huge number to be tracked down by the Hadopi agency, in fact it is around 29% of the population of France, due to the slow and costly process used by the office just 3% of these alleged offenders could be warned. Of course, this leaves many wandering whether the policing the three-strikes law is both financially and morally justified, as Reporters Without Borders writes:

Aside from its practical omissions and shortcomings, the Hadopi law directly violates the principles of the defence of free expression by making it possible to disconnect people from the Internet. Its adoption was one of Reporters Without Borders’ reasons for adding France to the list of ‘countries under surveillance’ in its latest ‘Enemies of the Internet’ report.

Despite the opposition to the law, the success in sweeping such a large number of file-sharers means the French Government will continue to support and fund the Hadopi law.

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Here in France, French myself, I am of those who wish to struggle against piracy, but Hadopi is true craps. US adopted a much smarter battle, I believe (and many other French as well).

Is this 29% of the total population of France or 29% of the Internet connected population of France? Because if it's the first then it's an even more significant number as there a lot of people who don't have connections for whatever reason.

Udedenkz said,
Does all of France have static IP addresses?

No, for some ISPs like mine (Bouygues Telecom) static IP is default, but dynamic is available (though reverting afterwards to static is impossible), for other ISPs like Orange (in France anyway), default is dynamic and static requires a few extra bucks (I mean Euros) ... don't know about other ISPs.

This law is better than the previous one when you could get a 350.000€ fee (or something like that) and jail when caught downloading illegal stuff

KavazovAngel said,
Just start downloading from file hosting sites and you'll be fine.

Then the corrupt french government wins. If all 18 million refuse to stop, the government can't possibly ban them all from the internet.

Salty Wagyu said,
Well that's a lot, are French ISPs happy to go bankrupt when they lose subscribers after the 3rd strike due to Hadopi law?

Crazy isn't it. It's like prohibition. The people will win eventually.

TheNay said,
the other 71% are using PeerBlock...

which does NOTHING to hide you, just prevents them from connecting to you.... you are still sending out lists of your hashes you are looking for when you request a download from a P2P site, and you still send out a list of what you have when you do keyword storage on a P2P cloud

oh just 29% of france? Gee I thought it would be more like 100% of france...... at some point I bet the majority of people there will get some kind of notice