Since being put into law in 2009, France's Hadopi has resulted in over 1.25 million warnings sent to broadband subscribers, two guilty convictions and just one fine, according to numbers released by the country's Minster of Justice. Interpretations of those numbers are sure to vary.
Hadopi, the agency set up to administer the law, has sent 1.15 million first warnings, 100,000 second warnings and 340 third warnings. Only 14 cases have been forwarded to local prosecutors, and judgments have been reached in three of the cases. Just one person has been convicted and fined (€150), one person was convicted but not fined and another person was acquitted. Of the remaining cases sent to prosecutors, nine cases are still being investigated, one is being scheduled for court and one has been filed without a trial.