New French media regulator Arcom begins work

French media regulator the CSA and anti-piracy watchdog the Hadopi have now officially combined to form a new regulator – the Autorité de regulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique (Arcom). The new body is headed by a collegiate body of nine members, each with a mandate of six years. Two new members joined the […]

French media regulator CSA to absorb HADOPI to become ARCOM

French media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) is to change its name to ARCOM from the beginning of next year to reflect its combination with anti-piracy regulator the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (HADOPI). The new regulatory body, the Autorité de régulation de la […]

Rights-holders welcome new French antipiracy law

The French national assembly has adopted new anti-piracy legislation that sports rights-holders say could give a strong boost to their efforts to combat illicit consumption. Article 10 of the proposed new law allows rights-holders and broadcasters to obtain immediate injunctions from a judge to block, remove to de-reference pirate websites and servers that illegally distribute […]

France’s Hadopi counts cost of piracy: 12m users, €1bn loss of earnings

Close to 12 million French internet users consumed pirated content last year, representing a loss of earnings of €1.03 billion to rights holders, according to figures released by the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi), the body set up over a decade ago to combat piracy. […]

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 […]