French minister on three-strikes law: “12 million euros per year is expensive for a million emails”

six strikes and youre screwed what the upcoming piracy crackdown means for youFrance’s controversial three-strikes internet piracy law, known as HADOPI, has recently been hailed as a success, as working down from the 736,000 people who received the first warning letter, 62,000 received a second and only 135 got the third, and most serious, letter.

Not everyone is convinced though, as the French Minister of Culture, Aurelie Filippetti, has blasted the law, and has stated she will cut funding for the scheme this September.

Speaking to a French magazine, Fillipetti says that “HADOPI has not fulfilled its mission,” and that its cost isn’t justified by its performance. If you’re wondering how much money it takes to pursue the pirates in France, it’s 12 million euros for a team of 60 officers.

Fillipetti sums this up by saying “in financial terms, it’s an expensive way to send a million emails.”

She’s not the only one against the three-strikes scheme either, as new French President Francois Hollande has already announced plans to revise the law. He states that one of HADOPI’s roles, along with administrating the three-strikes law, was to research “alternative business models,” but this objective hasn’t been met.

This is important, as HADOPI wasn’t really designed to put an end to piracy — merely deter it — but to increase access to and sales of legally obtainable digital material. Statistics showing the amount of letters sent out are useless here, and are potentially being used as a smokescreen to obscure the lack of growth.

HADOPI’s future is uncertain, however any talk of its demise maybe premature, as its fate will be decided after the publication of a governmental report, due in March next year.

The three-strikes law, or subtly tweaked variations, are being examined for use in the UK, the USA and elsewhere in the world. Being one of the most high-profile test cases for such a law, France’s implementation of HADOPI, and its subsequent success or failure, is potential ammunition for its supporters or detractors, depending on what happens over the coming months.


Over a million veterans now eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program

Comcast's low-cost Internet Essentials program, which provides internet access for just $10 per month, has expanded to include U.S. veterans. One million veterans now qualify for the service.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.

Lime clocks 20 million rides as its bikes and scooters arrive in Oz

Lime only launched its app-based scooter and bikesharing service in 2017 but its riders have already completed 20 million rides, with half of them taking place in the last two months alone. And now it's launching in Australia.

Be at your most productive with these Slack tips and tricks

Slack is an common means of communication in the workplace, but how do you use some of the app's lesser-known features to get the most out of your experience? Here's what you need to know to stay organized, efficient, and entertained.

Get rid of your Audible account by following these quick steps

Want to learn how to cancel your Audible membership? It's easier than you might think. Just follow along with these steps and you'll be rid of the audiobook listening service for good. Or until you sign up again.

Data stolen from HealthCare.gov includes partial SSNs and immigration status

Around 75,000 users have had their user data stolen from government site healthcare.gov, including information on their immigration status, whether they were pregnant, and partial social security numbers.

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than it's ever been, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.

From beautiful to downright weird, check out these great dual monitor wallpapers

Multitasking with two monitors doesn't necessarily mean you need to split your screens with two separate wallpapers. From beautiful to downright weird, here are our top sites for finding the best dual monitor wallpapers for you.

How to change your Gmail password in just a few quick steps

Regularly updating your passwords is a good way to stay secure online, but each site and service has their own way of doing it. Here's a quick guide on how to change your Gmail password in a few short steps.

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. This list of the best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.

Edit, sign, append, and save with 12 of the best PDF editors

There are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, and though the selection is robust, finding a solid solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here, we've rounded up best PDF editors, so you can edit no matter your budget or OS.

Google honors Veterans Day by highlighting military service stories

For Veterans Day, Google is honoring the heroes that served the country with a new Google Doodle that highlights the stories of five veterans from the five different branches of the military.
Emerging Tech

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sale smashes online shopping records

The annual online shopping frenzy that is Singles' Day this year raked in $30.8 billion, up from $25 billion last time around. The Alibaba-organized event generates more in sales than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.