Title: Fighting consumer piracy with graduated response: an evaluation of the French and British implementations

Authors: Thierry Rayna, Laura Barbier

Addresses: London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University, 84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ, UK. ' London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University, 84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ, UK

Abstract: This paper aims to assess the graduated response systems implemented in France (HADOPI) and in the UK (Digital Economy Act) to reduce consumer piracy. It investigates the rationale of graduated response and its requirements and evaluates (from theoretical and practical standpoints) both French and British systems. While the French system fulfils more requirements, the British system reflects a more cautious approach that involves a |double| graduated response. The costs of both implementations are then investigated. The paper is concluded with remarks on the worthiness of graduated response, the potential problems caused by technological issues and the timeliness of such policies.

Keywords: consumer piracy; graduated response; intellectual property rights; IPR; public policy; France; UK; United Kingdom.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2010.037474

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2010 Vol.6 No.4, pp.294 - 314

Published online: 14 Dec 2010 *

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