Film company Gaumont says Hadopi eradicated illegal downloads of French films
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 26/05/2012 14:59
In a statement of bravado that bordered on delusion, the president of French film and production company Gaumont announced that, "between the 15th of May and the 15th of December 2011, not a single French film was downloaded on the Web," due to France's strict anti-piracy law Hadopi.
In Gaumont's financial report released this month, Gaumont president Nicolas Seydoux (who also leads France's ALPA, an association against audiovisual piracy) praised Hadopi and other organizations for significantly reducing all kinds of digital piracy in the second half of 2011.
The statement may not be (read: it's probably not) entirely true. As French site Numerama points out, Seydoux preceeds that proclamation by saying that the ALPA detected 110 million incidents of audiovisual piracy and sent 8.7 million notices to Hadopi, the government office that deals with the law of the same name.