Effects of Three Strikes Law in France

Between 2009 and 2011, the French agency that administers the three strikes law in France against music piracy sent out 822,000 emails to people suspected of illegally downloading music. The agency then sent 68,000 second warnings by mail to uses who were continuing piracy. Out of the second warning letters, 165 cases were forwarded and counted as the third strike, where courts are now able to impose a $2,600 (2,000 Euros) fine and suspend the users Internet connection for a month.

Piracy Rate of Online Music in 2011

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimated that 28 percent of Internet users worldwide accessed pirated music online in 2011. Source:  Mike Collett-White, “Music sales fall again in 2011, but optimism grows,” Reuters, January23, 2012.