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The French are now downloading at least as many movies illegally as they are watching in cinemas, according to research. Anti-piracy movie g…

The French are now downloading at least as many movies illegally as they are watching in cinemas, according to research. Anti-piracy movie group Alpa’s study found those there downloaded over 13.5 million films illegally via P2P in May, a month that saw 12.2 million cinema tickets sold according to the National Centre for Cinematography.

Alpa monitored the top 100 movies P2P movies and said they accounted for 90 percent of P2P activity; reported an average 450,000 daily downloads, or 14 million per month – surprisingly huge numbers that seem to dwarf the P2P music problem. Director Frederic Delacroix (via AFP): “We are facing a major phenomenon that can endanger the film industry and audiovisual industries. We did not expect such figures. The piracy of films requires urgent measures.”

But France is already moving toward anti-P2P measures, preparing legislation that would compel ISPs to monitor their networks and send three warning letters to offenders before disconnecting them. Delacroix supports this measure. Variety says Alpa’s report, not due until September, was itself leaked online.

(Photo: Fernando de Souza, some rights reserved)

  1. This is proof that the heavy handed approach to stop piracy does not work. The answer is to give consumers a feasible legal alternative. This is the approach we have taken at We7 – we offer customers free music streams downloads and in return they listen to a short advert – everyone gets paid and the consumer gets free music in a high quality format.

    Steve Purham
    CEO – We7
    http://www.we7.com

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