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French Anti-Piracy Law Decreased Music Consumption Variety, Research Suggests

News Newly published research shows that the French anti-piracy law Hadopi has had a positive effect on digital music sales. This effect decreased over time but remained relatively stable for bigger artists. The same data further suggests that people’s music consumption became less varied during the same period. According to the researcher, the discovery element […]

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French Govt. Has Sent 644,000+ Piracy Notices in 2019, Secured 86 Criminal Convictions

The government agency responsible for anti-piracy enforcement in France has reported its latest set of results. Between January and August 2019, Hadopi sent more than 644,000 warning notices, with around 479,000 going to first offenders and 165,700 to repeat infringers. Ultimately, 86 people ended up with a criminal conviction but many others received fines and […]

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French ISPs Ordered to Block Sci-Hub and LibGen

The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure, but Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan believes that determined researchers are smart enough to find an alternative route to […]