Armed with a new anti-piracy legislation, which seeks to promote “the distribution and protection of creative works on the internet" using a three-strikes policy, copyright holders in France have launched a massive hunt for illegal downloaders and file-sharers. The Hadopi law, as the three strikes anti piracy legislation is known, makes it incumbent on ISPs to identify alleged copyright infringers when approached by copyright holders with the IP addresses of such persons.
According to a report on a French website, a major ISP admittedly received the first batch of IP addresses a few days ago. The copyright holders are said to have hit the ground running with a very healthy rate of 10,000 IP addresses per day. However, you would probably want me to revisit the cliche in the last sentence on being told that they wish to ratchet up that average to around 150,000 IP addresses per day over the next few weeks.
The ISPs have no choice but to keep up with indefatigable copyright holders as a failure to identify alleged infringers within 8 days of being notified could cost them 1,500 euros per day for every unidentified IP address.