French Culture Minister Caught 'Pirating' Photo Off Of Website
from the copyright-ain't-so-cut-and-dried dept
So the following really shouldn't come as much surprise. Apparently the French culture minister, who (of course) was a major supporter of Hadopi, has been caught copying a photo from a blog entirely without permission (Google translation of the original French -- found via Glyn Moody).
The blogger claims they'd be happy to let the Culture Minister use the photo, but just wanted to point out how it's easy to grandstand and claim that copyright infringement is some awful thing, but situations like this show how it's really not so clearcut -- and even those who claim that copyright is so important and must be protected (with a potential penalty of losing internet access entirely) don't even realize how easy it is to "innocently" infringe on copyright while doing something that feels completely normal.