Sarkozy Wants To Use Anti-Censorship Conference To Promote Censorship By Copyright
from the that-takes-gall dept
We’ve pointed out many times how copyright is, by its nature, a law for censorship. Now, you can argue that it’s necessary or useful censorship (though, I doubt I would agree), but it cannot be denied that the basic purpose of copyright law is to stifle a form of speech. That’s why I’m always amazed at the disconnect of politicians, who support anti-censorship efforts online at the same time that they promote plans to censor-via-copyright law. Of course, most haven’t actually thought about it, or they insist that copyright is not censorship at all, and they can’t fathom how the two are connected.
Having said all that, though, it appears that not only does French President Nicolas Sarkozy recognize that copyright law is about censorship, he actually seems proud of the fact that he’s using copyright law to stifle speech. As a bunch of folks have sent in, there’s a conference being held in France about freedom of expression and against internet censorship. Sarkozy has apparently decided to try to use the conference, instead, to promote his Hadopi “three strikes” copyright concept. This is pretty stunning. It’s as if he’s openly admitting that copyright is censorship, and he’s perfectly happy with that, and wants to expand it further.