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January 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A study of France’s three-strikes (Hadopi) law by the Social Science Research Network has concluded that it has had “no impact on the decision to initially engage in digital piracy, but may reduce the intensity of illegal file sharing by those who do pirate.” However, overall, it said, “Our econometric results indicate that the law has no substantial deterrent effect.” Under Hadopi, infringers were sent two warnings, and if they continued to download pirated material, they were disconnected from the Internet. The website noted that following an investigation by a government-sponsored panel concluded that the law had failed and that the sanction of disconnecting infringers should be dumped, the government substituted a graduated system in which pirates paid a fine of about $75 after two warnings and an increased amount following further infractions.