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A study by Hadopi, the group charged with tackling illegal downloading find 50 per cent of people do it – do you?

A study by Hadopi, the group charged with tackling illegal downloading find 50 per cent of people do it – do you? Respondent's names have been removed as promised.

THE main reason is to obtain English language TV series that I would otherwise not be able to see. It has become so easy (EZTV for example) that it has become the route of choice for keeping in touch.

AS FAR as I am concerned the fact that France insists that foreign films are dubbed in to French means that they are destroying the film as it was intended by the director, producers and actors. The number of times that I have seen dubbed English language films where, not only have they changed the lines, but also ruined the voices of the actors, makes it inevitable that if you want to see the film as it was intended then you need to download the "original" version.
You could of course wait until it is released on DVD but this does not occur in all cases unless they are Hollywood blockbusters.
As far as I am concerned it is the French film distributors who are breaking the copyright of the overseas films by completely changing the original. What is wrong with just using sub-titles, or would that put too many "voice over" actors out of work?

NEARLY half of people in France download film and music illegally, according to a study by the anti-internet piracy body, Hadopi.
A good headline but I think not exactly 'correct'
There are about 63 million 'people' in France, so more than 30 million are pirates?
If you take away the young, the old, the people without PCs, people without broadband and people who can't be bothered then I bet the number is considerably smaller, unless Hadopi is making wild assumptions about internet traffic.
I may have a non-typical view, living in a small village but I don't download ANY music or films, nor do my three neighbours. I understood that the French were quite hot on piracy and people were being cut off, but if 30 million PCs (individual IP addresses) were to have their internet connection severed then I guess internet shopping in France would collapse, no-one in France would have anyone to send an email to, and the broadband service providers would be out of business.
Back to the dark ages?

I DOWNLOAD files illegally, because I cannot buy what I need in France. I cannot buy music from iTunes UK, nor Kindle books from Amazon UK. I find the fact that copyrights between various countries prevent me from downloading audio books I would like to read ( really irksome.
I am normally a very law-abiding citizen & would prefer to download legally.

I DO not download music or DVDs/Videos ever, but I do occasionally download pictures/photos from the internet. I use a software tool called capurewiz and they are for my own personal use to illustrate a letter, or my journal, and give me a lot of enjoyment.

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