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.

Filed Under: france, internet, nicolas sarkozy, regulations

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  1. identicon
    hmm, 12 Oct 2010 @ 7:46am


    So the french government "taxes" microsoft, which in turn has pretty much three paths to take:

    1) raise the price of windows/office etc, which has a bad knockon effect for french citizens AND businesses
    2) stop developing french-language versions of their software (if you're french you'll need to IMPORT windows 7/office etc and learn a new language)
    3) Complain direct to the EU parliament, and since you can't unilaterally tax one person without taxing everyone else, either France would have to suffer an embarassing backdown, leave the EU or tax every single other software company at an equal rate to microsoft......crippling the french economy!

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