WASHINGTON, November 11, 2010 – The French copyright authority HADOPI — and what lessons it presented for America’s approach to copyright piracy — was the key subject of the November Intellectual Property Breakfast Club. On Thursday, BroadbandBreakfast.com released the free video of the event.
French authorities have started to send out warning letters to individuals suspected of copyright infringement online, and a whole cottage industry of lawyers and technologists has mushroomed up to both give tips on evading the law enforcers and to aid recipients of the notices, according to a Wednesday report in the Wall Street Journal.
Copyright holders in the French music industry are reporting a staggering 25,000 “music-related” infringements to the country’s top enforcement authority on a daily basis, according to a a music industry trade group director quoted in the trade magazine Billboard.
SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2010 — A widely-circulated report about fake online copyright infringement e-mail notifications from French authorities demanding the payment of fines looks as if it is actually part of an underground misinformation campaign designed to sow confusion, says a US security researcher who looked into the issue for Broadbandbreakfast.com.
The “news” about the French phishing scam appears to have originated from an audience member’s question in a recent web chat at French financial newspaper site La Tribune with Eric Walter, the general secretary of the French online copyright enforcement agency HADOPI.