three strikes

France’s ‘three strikes’ piracy law hasn’t helped music or movie sales

What’s the best way to stamp out piracy? In France, the entertainment industry was successful in pushing a ‘three strikes’ law that would boot serial infringers from the web.

That went into effect in October 2010. So how’s it doing?

According to HADOPI, the agency tasked with administering and enforcing the law of the same name, things are going just great. 

A report it released, which looked at data for the 17-month period following the law’s implementation, claims that “illegal downloading [is] clearly on the decline in France.”

ACTA could be the worst thing for the internet – ever

If the leaks that have been released in the past day are to be believed, the internet may be facing its biggest threat yet: the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The negotiators who are sitting down behind closed doors today to iron out this international trade agreement have the internet on their mind.

And that’s not a good thing.