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French Pres: Increased Net Regulation is “Moral Imperative”

French Pres: Increased Net Regulation is “Moral Imperative”

Says it’s important the country gains control of the Internet in order to “correct the excesses and abuses that arise from the total absence of rules.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has certainly made it clear over the years that he favors increased regulation of the Internet, seemingly always despite the well placed concern of his critics.

It was he who was among the first French politicians to endorse plans to establish a “three-strikes” regime for disconnecting suspected file-sharers from the Internet. This would later take the form of the controversial “Creation and Internet Law” that was passed late last year, but not after revisions mandating that only a judge could order disconnection.

He’s also looked into the possibility of taxing Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MSN, and other Internet portals as a way to help finance artists in the country, though ignoring the fact that consumers are the ones who’ll wind up paying in the end.

Now in a speech made recently to the Embassy of France to the Holy See, Pres Sarkozy made it clear that more needs to be done, that the govt needs to further tighten its grip on the Internet.

“Regulating internet to correct the excesses and abuses that arise from the total absence of rules is a moral imperative,” he said, adding that without rules there is “no economy,” “no life in society,” and “no freedom.”

But, what exactly does this mean? To what length does he think the govt must go to control so-called “excesses” and “abuses” and who gets to define them?

Earlier last week he compared illegal file-sharing to stealing produce from a supermarket, failing to realize that there is an infinite supply of product available of which many likely would not have otherwise purchased. Worse still is the fact that “stealing produce” can’t accurately depict what happens afterwards when illegal file-sharers attend an artist’s concert or buy his t-shirts and other merchandise.

Considering what he also said, that he will not let file-sharers “destroy copyright protection for artists” and their supposed efforts that he thinks could somehow destroy books, records, and film, it’s safe to say that any plans he comes up with for controlling the “abuses” and “excesses” of the Internet will likely be as ill-conceived as the notion of disconnecting entire households from the Internet.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
powerless consumer
powerless consumer

Screw this frog and his scrawny cunt of a wife. Selling out the people to foreign companies. Helping the richest woman in France to cheat on her taxes, via a personal aide. I'm joining Anon today. He is a bitch to the Euro bosses and Bilderberg plans. Fucking Lisbon treaty should see him murdered alone.

anonymous
anonymous

The internet isn't owned by france or the usa for that matter. its owned by us.morality cannot put upon another without resistance.We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

first
first

it amazes me that somehow the internet and the information golden age is somehow lawless and bad, but the company next door in hungary destroying the ecosystem with toxic aluminum sludge and burning people to death is fine. YEAH that EVIL LAWLESS INTERNET, destroying SOCIETY. if only the EVIL INTERNET could be more like BP OIL, or the guy who sold SALMONELLA PEANUT BUTTER AND KILLED PEOPLE, or ALL THOSE CORRUPT LIAR POLITICIANS. Yeah, makes sense sarkozy ya dumb git.Oh wait, politicians lie for money and power. that makes more sense, the perfect democracy of the internet does threaten the money and power of some very rich and powerful people. why didnt u just say that in the first place? "IM DBAG Sarkozy, and we MUST destroy the internet because informed people are harder to control, and its taking money away from the people that bribe me"See, isnt the truth nice? good thing we have this interwebs thing to spread truth, not that the NEWSPAPERS LIE, i mean theyre not another facet of BIG MEDIA AND THE BRIBE CREW, right?ha. go swim in hungary and tell me how great your real world and its rules worked out for THE PEOPLE, ya frog eatin, never gonna be as cool as the british, paris is gay and you are too, dbag.

TerribleTony
TerribleTony

I bet he would ban the replicator had it been invented.

Ivory Towers
Ivory Towers

Reminds me of a certain little Austrian man!



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