Coronavirus crisis provides boost for French SVOD take-up

The coronavirus crisis is giving a significant boost to take up of SVOD services in France, according to a study by anti-piracy watchdog the Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi). The latest study by the regulatory outfit showed that 46% of French internet users reported subscribing […]

New French media law to oblige Netflix to invest in local production

French minister of culture Franck Riester has presented his plans for a new media law that will impose new obligations to finance local content creation on the country’s main TV channels and on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The plan is to force channels and video-on-demand services to devote a minimum […]

French Senate mulls changes to media regulation

The French Senate is currently considering wide-ranging changes to the regulatory regime for audiovisual media in the country. Under the plan being considered, the power to nominate the chief executives of France’s public media organisations – France Télévisions, Radio France and France Médias Monde – will pass from the French president to media regulator the […]

French piracy rates stable as government ends three strikes law

Illicit consumption of content in France has increased slightly since October last year but remains relatively stable, with just under a quarter of consumers engaging in the practice, according to the latest study by anti-piracy authority the Hadopi. However the illicit consumption of TV series has seen a significant rise.  The study comes as the […]

Films and TV trail software and music in French internet consumption satisfaction

While three out of five French internet consumers aware of legal internet-based content are “satisfied” with the offerings, consumers of TV series and films are significantly less happy, according to the latest study by the Hadopi, the organization charged with combating illicit downloading of content in France. While 61% of consumers that knew of the […]

Hadopi analyses YouTube content

French anti-piracy regulator the Hadopi has published an analysis of content on YouTube in France that found that music clips represented 13% of total content on the site, of which about a quarter comprised “official” clips authorised by the relevant artists, distributors or production companies, while ‘media’ – comprising complete programmes and video and audio […]

Digital natives display confusion about rights and wrongs of online piracy

Attitudes of ‘digital natives’ – 15-24 year-olds – towards the illicit consumption of online content differ significantly according to which age sub-group they belong to, according to a study of consumption habits by the Hadopi, the commission set up to combat online piracy in France. According to the study 15-18 year-olds are the most concerned […]

Illicit downloading down in France, but video remains a problem

The downloading of illicit content from the internet in France is decreasing, while the consumption of legal content is growing, according to the latest survey by the Hadopi, the authority charged with implementing France’s antipiracy law. According to the survey, 78% of users now download legal content exclusively, , up from 71% in December 2011, […]

Hadopi faces budget cut

France’s Hadopi commission, the body tasked with implementing the country’s controversial anti-piracy regime, has had its budget cut from €11 million to €9 million, Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais has confirmed. The Hadopi, which was tasked by the previous French government with tackling illegal filesharing by issuing warning notices and ultimately fining and cutting off the […]

Hadopi responds to Filippetti criticism

France’s online piracy watchdog the Hadopi has defended its record in the wake of criticisim from the country’s new culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti. Answering comments by Filippetti that the authority had to do more to encourage the development of legal online services, Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais said that the body had been given a very […]