We stumbled across this graphic with stats on piracy and estimations on revenue lost to file sharing and bootlegging on BackgroundCheck.org’s blog. Not exactly sure how it fits into their world view, but the information is relevant to us folks making and listening to music. See it here.
In May 2009, the French government passed the HADOPI law – in French that’s Haute Autorité Pour la Diffusion des Oeuvres et la Protection des droits sur Internet, or “law promoting the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet.” Much like the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) debates that raged in the US a couple of months ago, there was a lot of opposition to the French anti-piracy bill. In large part, a determined effort by French President Nicolas Sarkozy helped the copyright law pass, though many in France still oppose it. Read more.