Until now France's Hadopi system only took claims from the recording and movie industry, but apparently a new partner is about to join in on the action. According to French publication PCInpact (by way of TorrentFreak), next year France's Hadopi agency will get strong backing from the video game industry in the country. Hadopi, in case you have forgotten, is the "three Strikes" copyright infringement law that warns Internet users when they download or share copyrighted materials like games, music, and movies.
A rough translation of the PC Inpact story through Google reveals that the game industry will join in on the Hadopi system, allowing the agency to target file-sharers and downloaders partaking in game related materials. The information comes from several government reports. The report also reveals that the Hadopi agency expects to send out about 1.1 million "recommendations" in 2013. The proposed increase relates to "the new information system" and to deal with "referrals from a possible new claimant (video games)." The agency issued a total of 1.5 million notices in since October 2010.
Earlier in the year, French Culture Minister Aurelie Filipetti said publicly that the agency was "too expensive to justify, which led to an announcement this month that its budget will be cut from 11 million euros in 2012 to around 8 million euros in 2013. Negotiations are still apparently ongoing on that figure…
If true, France will have the first copyright infringement enforcement agency that has the movie, music, and games industries all onboard. The U.S. system – set to be launched any day now – only covers music and movies at the moment.