Hadopi: 87,000 euros earned for 82 million euros wasted
When you start a business and it cost 82 million euros in 10 years and the profit is 87,000 euros, then you could say you’ve been screwed. The company is Hadopi and the payers are the french taxpayers. Like what, we always find idiots.
Hadopi, in his report, boasts about its effectiveness in the fight against piracy. But when you look at the details, you are bewildered by the bottomless pit (in french) it is costing the state, without any benefit. Founded in 2010, we can say that the ten-year balance sheet of Hadopi is close to absolute zero and even to negative value. Hadopi, works on a graduated response, when you illegaly download something, then you first receive a warning email, then a registered letter and finally, your case can be forwarded to the prosecution.
If the court decides, then you will pay a maximum fine of 1500 euros. And we are clearly in a funnel shape. Over the past 10 years, Hadopi has sent 12 million warning letters to end with 1,750 cases at the prosecution. In 10 years, Hadopi has therefore received the equivalent of 87,000 euros in fines. But the cost is enormous since the authority cost the French state 82 million euros. This means that for almost 1,000 euros spent in Hadopi, the French state recovered 1 euro. Bravo for the budgetary rigor, you idiots!
From the start, Hadopi is absolute crap. Created as a matter of urgency by the lobbies of rights holders, who pushed the project. The record number of warnings is one example. Millions of emails sent out to look like they were doing something, but there is nothing behind it. The promotion of the legal offer is nearly limbo because American giants like Netflix and Disney + have literally ravaged the french industry. For example, Hadopi is confusingly ineffective since it only takes a VPN for a few dollars a month to never be worried about his graduated response.
However, Hadopi must die to be reborn in a more terrifying form. Its merger with the CSA, to form ARCOM (in french), would create a more powerful organization, a censorship entity that would have the power of life and death, on piracy, but also on content. With the police state gradually being established in France, ARCOM could become one of the worst armed arms of a thought police, combined with an unprecedented attack on piracy, which nevertheless remains insignificant in terms of damage.
Rarely have I seen an artist with a gravestone who said, “The piracy killed him” and dare to come and tell me that the rights holders are going to be ruined because of the piracy. By killing flies with bazookas, we kill everyone.