Copyright Cheats Face the Music in France [New York Times]
A French law, commonly referred to as the three-strikes law, imposed a program for diminishing piracy that began with issuing warnings to suspected digital pirates, those sharing copyrighted content over the Internet.
Over 822,000 email warnings were sent out as "strike one" of the program. The second strikes were issued by registered mail and hit roughly 68,000 different suspects. Now 165 have received their third strike, which includes a fine of 1,500 euro and a month suspension of their connections to the Internet.
Given the signifcantly reduced number that made it to a third strike, piracy has dropped fairly significantly since the law was initially put into place, while digital sales and revenues for the music industry have begun to stabilize.