Sarkozy: We Must Regulate The Internet To Ensure Freedom
from the um,-what? dept
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has some weird ideas about the internet. The original champion of “three strikes” laws, which are now in place in France, he’s defended such laws as defending freedom. That seems odd: kicking people off the internet defends freedom? It appears now that he’s got “three strikes” in place, he wants to take that idea even further. He’s talking up the importance of further regulating the internet, calling it a moral imperative, and that without correcting “the excesses and abuses” there is “no economy,” “no life in society,” and “no freedom.” Yes, his message appears to be that, to give you freedom online, we must first take away your freedom online. Sarkozy has, in the past, advocated taxing Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, and giving that money directly to record labels. So, once again, it certainly appears that when Sarkozy means “freedom” he really means “freedom” for a few entrenched businesses (including one that his wife is heavily involved in) to keep their business models going “free” of competition and “free” from having to adapt to modern technologies.