As Sarkozy Pushes Three Strikes, He Pays Up For His Own Copyright Violations

from the funny-how-that-works dept

We found it rather ironic that, just as French President Nicolas Sarkozy was so adamant about passing a three strikes law to kick file sharers off the internet, he was being accused of copyright infringement himself, specifically for using music from the US band MGMT at an event and in two online videos without securing a license. Now, you might hope that this would cause Sarkozy to rethink his stance on copyright infringement. Instead, it looks like his political party has simply agreed to pay up and make the issue go away, while still pushing for the three strikes law. It sounds like they paid about 30,000 euros, which is a lot more than the single euro that Sarkozy's party initially offered (yes, seriously). No word on whether or not this counts towards the number of strikes on Sarkozy's internet connection.


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 28th, 2009 @ 1:15pm

    Well of course

    If you have 30,000 euros, you can continue to use the internet.

    Why is this a problem?

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 1:39pm

    Uh...

    "Instead, it looks like his political party has simply agreed to pay up and make the issue go away"

    The French surrender? No way!!!

    The 3 shortest books ever written:

    1. The Irish Cookbook
    2. The Polish book of knowledge
    3. The French book of war heroes

     

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    Ima Fish, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 1:42pm

    30,000 euros?! MGMT must be the lamest band ever. I'd have demanded three hours alone with Alizee!

     

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    Cipher-0, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Uh...

    You neglected:
    1. Hispanics I have met while yachting
    2. native Esperanto speakers
    And of course
    3. My plan to find the real killers by O J Simpson

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re: Uh...

    I said top 3, not top 6. But some others that might make the list:

    "How to reach across the aisle" by Dick Cheney

    "Keeping a level head" by Joe Biden

    "Winning instead of making excuses" a compilation brought to you by the Chicago Cubs

     

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    Ryan, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Uh...

    Also...

    The Lobbying Victories of NAMBLA
    The Big Book of Susan Boyle's Sexual Conquests
    Economics For Dummies (by Nicolas Sarkozy)

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Uh...

    How about "Hard, Ethical Work" by Barry Bonds

    or "100 ways to act macho" by Michael Jackson

     

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    RD, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 3:05pm

    Easy

    "No word on whether or not this counts towards the number of strikes on Sarkozy's internet connection."

    Oh this is an easy one: He's a rich, powerful politician. OF COURSE the law doesnt apply to him, or at the least will never be enforced against him. Laws are only for little people.

     

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    Demon One, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 3:20pm

    3 Strikes

    He infringed at one event and in two separate videos. Doesn't that make three there? Cut off that internet connection now.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 28th, 2009 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Uh...

    Don't forget:

    The French Book of Political Ethics
    The Australian Book of Political Ethics
    The American Book of Political Ethics
    The Canadian Book of Political Ethics
    The English (and subject populations who pretend to have some kind of autonomy) Book of Political Ethics

    I'm waiting on my review copy of the Taiwanese version

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 4:48pm

    But you all are forgetting the most important ones!
    -The American Guide To Parenting
    -The American Guide To Loosing Weight
    -The Recording Industries Answer To Life's Problems

     

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    Baloney Joe, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 4:50pm

    My all time favorite:

    Blog Commentary That Changed The World.

     

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    Tgeigs, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 4:59pm

    Yeah

    My sincerest apologies for the whole book thing, but it was fun.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 28th, 2009 @ 6:05pm

    Re: 3 Strikes

    Not quite. The event was offline infringement, so it doesn't count unless he acquired the song online. The videos, though, put him at two strikes.

     

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    Lol@yourSpellz (profile), Apr 28th, 2009 @ 6:14pm

    Re:

    "The Anonymous Coward's Guide to Using the word 'Loose'"

     

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    Dan, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 1:12am

    At least he paid the bill unlike american politicians.

     

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    Anonymous, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 4:36am

    Re: Easy

    Here! Here!

    Let them eat cake!

     

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    nasch, Apr 29th, 2009 @ 10:02am

    Most overused department ever

    What percentage of TD stories come from the "Funny how that works" department, I wonder.

     

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    John, Jul 6th, 2009 @ 4:25pm

    30k

    For 30k I could probably buy every song (DRM free) I ever wanted. Idiot.

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jul 7th, 2009 @ 12:58pm

    To be fair, a symbolic euro in damages is a common penalty in the french court system...

     

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