News has emerged of the results of France's so-called HADOPI law, the three-strikes law designed to fight peer-to-peer piracy and, more generally, illegal downloading.
According to a parliamentary reply made by the Minsiter of Justice, the fruits of the 2009 statutes (there are two) are as follows:
1,150,000 first warnings, 100,000 second warnings and 340 files in third stage with 14 having been forwarded to the local prosecutors.
Of the 14 cases being prosecuted at the local level:
- 9 are still being investigated;
- 1 is being scheduled for court;
- 1 has been filed without a trial; and
- 3 have given rise to definitive judgements, broken down as follows:
- 1 acquittal;
- 1 conviction (fine of €150); and
- 1 conviction (no sentence due to circumstances).