In 2010, French authorities instated a group of bureaucrats whose purpose was to enforce copyright protection on the Internet in France. The group, called Hadopi, was in charge of enforcing the law of the same name, which would take requests from rights holders for take downs when someone with a French IP address tried to download a P2P file containing illegally procured media.
On Wednesday, the President of the Commission for Rights Protection (part of the Hadopi agency), Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, released some numbers reflecting the efficacy of France's crackdown on piracy, and talked to the press about what she considers a successful almost-two-years.
Of 3 million IP addresses "identified" by Hadopi, 1.15 million were found to be pirating content and sent a warning letter (the first phase). Of those 1.15 million, 102,854 were given a second warning, and of those, 340 received a third strike. If the third strike is ignored, Hadopi can take legal action, and as of July 1, only 14 offenders have had a case filed with a French court as a result of Hadopi, and none have yet been to trial.
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