New French Culture Minister: Wish I Was Pirated More, Using Two ISPs To Avoid Getting Cut Off

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Didn't expect this one. With France pushing forward yet again with a three strikes law, Laurent GUERBY points us to the news that France's new culture minister, Fredic Mitterand has said that he wished he was downloaded more often (translated by Google from French -- Updated to fix poor original translation -- thanks Laurent!) and that he got two internet connections, just in case he got cut off by a three strikes law. He also admits that his son downloads unauthorized content often. That's probably not what the entertainment industry wanted to hear.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:13am

    Admissions of breaking the law, and working to get around laws? I would say he has just committed political suicide.

     

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    Rabbit80, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:32am

    Or perhaps the French public will support him more? After all most are against the 3 strikes HADOPI proposal...

     

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    Laurent GUERBY, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:36am

    Translation

    Original french quote:
    "Il m'arrive parfois d'être téléchargé illégalement, pas suffisamment à mon grand regret",

    The following report is not correct:
    "he wished he downloaded more unauthorized content"

    Something more in line:
    "he wished people downloaded his works illegally more often"

    A tentative translation of the quote:
    "I'm sometimes downloaded illegally, but not often enough much to my regret"

    The direct form "I'm downloaded" is a reference to Carla Bruni answer to a question on this topic, she said she liked "to be teleported" :).

     

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      robin, Jul 17th, 2009 @ 6:25am

      Re: Translation

      the newspaper also said, very tongue in cheek (after the minister explained how he deals with his son who downloads stuff: he has two different subscriptions with two different providers):

      "On ne l'avait pas compris, mais la suspension de l'accès à Internet est en fait une manière de vendre le double d'abonnements à Internet. Il est fort ce Sarkozy..."

      Guess we never figured it out, but a three strikes and your off regime is actually a way to double the sales of internet subscriptions. Sneaky Sarkozy...

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:53am

    Thanks Laurent! I wanted to point that out but my french is not that good and I wasn't sure.

    The killer is when he says his son downloads a lot and he's asked if he isn't afraid to be charged with "characterized negligence". He answers: "I have 2 connections".

    Even if reporting on a Google translation is weird, I still find this report news worthy. And I like this new minister. He seems to understand the advantages of being pirated, even if he puts it as a joke.

     

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    RD, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 8:57am

    Oh thats GOOD!

    aaaaahhhahahahahahahaahahahahaha

    *breath*

    hahaahahhahahahahahhahahahaha

    /repeat

     

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    Jeffe, Jul 16th, 2009 @ 8:36pm

    Ha ha !!!

    Here the poor competence of politicians, french or others on the internet.
    and hypocrisy as the only daily commitment.

     

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    no one, Jul 17th, 2009 @ 6:52am

    p2p

    i admire his honesty, id vote for him again. To bad he is in France.

     

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