Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Hadopi sent 400,000 "recommendations"

In just over eight months, the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet (Hadopi) sent 400,000 "recommendations" or warnings to Internet users via e-mail, registered letters and 3500, according information of Figaro. Numbers lower than expected - the target of 10 000 emails per day in late June had been announced originally laid - because of cumbersome procedures, says the High Authority.

Sending an email is the first step of the device called "graduated response", developed by Internet Piracy: Internet users suspected of downloading or let others use their connection to download illegally receive first an email, then a letter before the possible transmission of the file to the prosecutor.

The IP (Internet Protocol, the identity card of a machine on the network) of computers suspected of downloading are not detected directly by the High Authority, but by Trident Media Guard (TMG), a company contracted by having fee for this work. Hadopi but decided in May to suspend temporarily its connection with TMG computer, after the discovery of a security flaw on one of the company's servers, pending the outcome of an audit.

Since the data is transmitted to the High Authority on USB stick - which also slows the process. According to Mireille Quaretta Imbert, who heads the Committee on the Rights of Internet Piracy, quoted by Le Figaro, only a few dozen people have been identified on three occasions. It would be mostly people who shared files by mistake, or did not realize that certain documents are protected by copyright.

The Hadopi asserts that the records of these downloaders "good faith" will be forwarded by the prosecution.

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