Sarkozy Talks About 3 Strikes As Defending Freedom, But Only Freedom For The Industry
from the individuals-need-not-apply dept
It appears that French President Nicolas Sarkozy still cannot understand why so many people are opposed to a “three strikes” rule for cutting people off the internet. Despite it just being ruled unconstitutional in France, Sarkozy is still standing by the law fully, promising to “go all the way” in getting it implemented. His reasoning, however, is quite bizarre, and shows a very narrow view of creativity these days:
“By defending copyright I do not just defend artistic creation, I also defend my idea of a free society where everyone’s freedom is based on respect for the rights of others. I am also defending the future of our culture. It is the future of creation.”
That shows a massive misunderstanding of creativity, expression and freedom these days. He’s basically saying that freedom of expression shall only apply to “professional” creators, who get rights. Everyone else’s rights get trampled. I don’t quite see how that’s a “free society” at all. It sounds like a corporately owned society, where the rights of certain “professionals” outweigh the rights of individuals.