We reported recently on a study conducted by researchers at the University of Rennes, showing that online piracy had risen since France’s HADOPI anti-piracy bill became law. However, IFPI boss John Kennedy has criticised the study: “It is nonsense to suggest that a study conducted before the [new] HADOPI authority has sent a letter to a single infringing user is somehow a definitive judgment on the success or otherwise of France’s digital piracy laws.” Which is true, although the study’s finding wasn’t that HADOPI had worked or not worked, but merely that the passing of the law had encouraged people to use trackable P2P networks less to get infringing content, and online storage services like Rapidshare more. Source: IFPI

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