Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Frederic Mitterrand: "Hadopi was a challenge, it became a tangible reality"

He came "that support" and "specify how Hadopi is an essential element": after a visit to the Paris headquarters of the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet (Hadopi), the Minister of culture, Frederic Mitterrand, held to dispel any ambiguity about the future of Internet Piracy.

In late April, Nicolas Sarkozy had indeed recognized "errors" in the act and was willing to consider a "Hadopi 3" to make adjustments, especially if the "digital actors" put in place a system to "reward precisely "the creators. These statements, made in conjunction with the establishment of the National Council of Digital, had raised questions about the future of the High Authority.

A few hours later, the Elysée in a statement reaffirming its "full support" to Internet Piracy. To avoid ambiguity, Frederic Mitterrand said, Tuesday, May 10, that "it was a gamble that has become a tangible reality" based on the results of a second opinion poll commissioned by the High Authority.

The first, published in January, was conducted before the introduction of the device called "graduated response" (two warnings by email and by registered mail before any transfer of the file to the prosecutor). HADOPI better accepted figures for the second survey, conducted among 1,500 Internet users, tend to show greater acceptance of the High Authority since its entry into effective action.

The proportion of respondents believed that Internet Piracy is a "good initiative aimed at" increased from 41% to 50% in six months. Similarly, the proportion of Internet users surveyed who say Hadopi prompted them to change their habits of consumption increases significantly from 25% to 41%, although the percentage of Internet users saying that the High Authority did nothing change remains the same at 23%.

The numbers "very positive" for Frédéric Mitterrand. "The sending of the first recommendations is steadily increasing, the recipients react responsibly. Again, Hadopi is an educational device, not punitive: if this trend continues, the transmission to the floor could be made almost anywhere," said the Minister.

However, the real impact of warnings sent by Internet Piracy remains difficult to measure. The High Authority refuses to quantify the number of emails and letters sent before the first anniversary of the device by year-end device, but it puts forward in the synthesis of the survey (detailed results will be published only May 18) that "50% of Internet sensitized" state that they have ceased to download illegally.

But this figure is calculated from the subsample of respondents who received a recommendation or a close relative has received, or just under 100 people. What makes it extremely unreliable. "It is an indicator and not a certainty," admits Eric Walter, Secretary General of the High Authority.

EXPORT EXPERIENCE On the other hand, the sharp increase in the number of Internet users say they have "changed their consumption habits on the Internet" (+ 16%) does not distinguish between those who dropped out, fully or part, the illegal use of music or movies, and those who opted for other ways to access illegal content, through the example of P2P streaming sites.

While these various results are still partial, the Ministry of Culture seems confident to the point he is trying to export experience Hadopi. "I get asked many questions about the High Authority on my trips abroad, whether in Hollywood, Spain, and Brussels, and my European counterparts following Hadopi with great attention and much hope for the results of this pioneering action in defense of creation and copyright, "said Frederic Mitterrand detailed.

Next step: "the eG8" devoted to the Internet in late May with the participation of representatives of Internet Piracy. A moment of considerable debate on the "civilized Internet", Justice Minister.

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