France Files Three-Strikes Warnings

France Files Three-Strikes Warnings

France Files Three-Strikes Warnings
French body HADOPI, launched by the government to enforce the three-strikes Creation and Internet Law, filed its first warning messages to infringing Internet users on Oct. 1. While the number of warning letters sent was not disclosed, the initial warnings were sent to subscribers of two major ISPs, Bouygues Telecom and Numericable, according to information technology journal PC INpact. Under the law, users committing a third infringement may be subject to Internet account suspension for up to a year and up to $2,075 in fines. (10/5)

German Live Music Business Down
The German live music business decreased 12 percent to $4.38 billion in 2009, compared to $4.97 billion in 2008, with revenue from concerts, which made up more than two-thirds of the market in 2009, down 9.2 percent to $3.13 billion, according to a study by Nuremberg, Germany-based research institute GfK Group. During 2009, 30.7 million visitors attended at least one live entertainment event, down from 32.7 million in 2008, and ticket sales reached 106.4 million, down 10 percent from 118.7 million in 2008. (10/5)

Pandora Reaches 65 Million Users
The number of registered users on Pandora has hit 65 million, an 8 percent increase since late July of this year, according to Pandora Chief Strategy Officer and Founder Tim Westergren. Of the 65 million registered users, 25 million have been active over the past month, with monthly sessions totaling 11 hours. The report follows a recent Edison Research survey, which estimated that one in five radio listeners in the 12–24 age demographic listened to Pandora over the past month. (10/5)

Twitter Ups Costolo, Rosen To Head ARIA
Twitter's Chief Operating Officer Dick Costolo has been promoted to CEO, replacing Evan Williams, who resigned the position. Costolo, who joined the social networking site in 2009, will assume Williams' responsibilities as he continues to focus completely on product strategy. In other executive news, Dan Rosen has been named CEO of the Australian Recording Industry Association and the PPCA collecting society, effective Oct. 18. Rosen succeeds Stephen Peach, who resigned from both positions in February. (10/5)

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