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French President Violates His Own Copyright Law, Again 356

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been caught violating someone's copyright again. This time, presidential services made 400 unauthorized copies of a DVD when only 50 had been made by the publisher. Mr. Sarkozy, of course, is the one pushing the HADOPI law, which would disconnect the Internet service of an alleged pirate after three allegations of infringement. This isn't the first time he's been connected to copyright violations, either. His party had to pay some €30K for using a song without authorization. If he were he subject to his own law, Mr. Sarkozy would be subject to having his Net disconnected the next time he pirates something."
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French President Violates His Own Copyright Law, Again

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  • by Atreide ( 16473 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @10:22AM (#29692491)

    "Mr. Sarkozy would be subject to having his Net disconnected the next time he pirates something"

    As president / head of France does it mean whole France would be disconnected ?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 09, 2009 @10:30AM (#29692653)

    But then how would they host the waving white flag website?

  • by wvmarle ( 1070040 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @10:44AM (#29692917)
    Well he could write a book, that sounds very cultural, no? And it's someone who obviously has had a serious taste of foreign cultures, no? Sounds that he fulfills at least some of the requirements of a CULTURE minister.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:25AM (#29693645)

    Yes, and I can tell you that the French do indeed suck.

    Very, very well.

  • by MarkvW ( 1037596 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:31AM (#29693733)

    Too bad that most Western law insists that the law apply equally to everyone. Lawmakers would write simply the greatest laws . . . if they themselves didn't have to be bound by them.

    We'd have the greatest family values, the greatest IP protection, the greatest right to life . . .

    If only the lawmakers could be above the laws . . .

  • by Tanktalus ( 794810 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:46AM (#29693989) Journal

    If this was our standard, people would not be considered adults until age 25 - that's when the brain finishes making its final connections. I think the onset of menarche (typically 15) is a better point to call someone an adult.

    You don't have a daughter, do you. I think 25 is fine.

  • by clone53421 ( 1310749 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @01:09PM (#29695333) Journal

    I don't recall Bush promoting little boy rapping bastards as 'culture minister'.

    Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Lil' Bow Wow either, though "bastard" might be a little harsh.

  • by Rick Bentley ( 988595 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @02:03PM (#29696193) Homepage
    - Gallic Wars
    - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.

    - Hundred Years War
    - Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Sainted.

    - Italian Wars
    - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

    - Wars of Religion
    - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

    - Thirty Years War
    - France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

    - War of Revolution
    - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

    - The Dutch War
    - Tied

    - War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War
    - Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

    - War of the Spanish Succession
    - Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

    - American Revolution
    - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."

    - French Revolution
    - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

    - The Napoleonic Wars
    - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

    - The Franco-Prussian War
    - Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

    - World War I
    - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States [Entering the war late -ed.]. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

    - World War II
    - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

    - War in Indochina
    - Lost. French forces plead sickness; take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

    - Algerian Rebellion
    - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

    - War on Terrorism
    - France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 09, 2009 @02:31PM (#29696551)


  • by clone53421 ( 1310749 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @03:00PM (#29696935) Journal

    you're describing patronization and condescension as the real crime, as a worse crime than child rape

    I never said "rape". I'm talking about consensual acts, and they weren't traumatized until society told them what a perverted thing they did (and maybe jailed their partner!). I'm not talking about pedophilia (pre-pubescent sex), either. I'm talking about people whose bodies are mature and who are mentally willing, and I don't care about all this bullshit about them being mentally incompetent to make that decision.

    I mean, we've finally admitted that the whole "OMG, he's teh gay, that's perverted!" reaction is harmful (go look for articles about gays committing suicide because of the emotional persecution, I'm sure there are plenty of them out there). Why can't we understand that "OMG she had sex with a grown-up? That's perverted!" is also harmful? The only difference is that, in one case, we have an easy out (blame the grown-up) that lets us claim WE didn't cause the mental distress.

    The rest of what you posted frankly makes little sense and you're accusing me of a lot of stuff that I never claimed to think. Please consider what I've said, not all the crazy things you assume I think just because I've said that this whole emotional maturity thing is baloney. Al-Qaeda? Showing a 3-year-old movies about torture and dismemberment?

    Watching torture and dismemberment ought to be traumatic to anyone, regardless of their mental maturity; it's just that at a certain point they should be mentally mature enough to deal with some of the crueler things in the world and also to understand the difference between fiction and reality.

    Whereas, on the other hand, consensual sex is not emotionally traumatic (to anyone, of any mental maturity), rape or coerced sex always is (regardless of someone's mental maturity). Needless to say pedophilia is both painful and emotionally traumatic, so by all means that's an obviously barbaric and reprehensible action. Lastly, if we're concerned about broken relationships, those are a part of life and they are always traumatic – so just how long are we going to protect them from this? Didn't we just agree that learning is a part of growing up?

  • that you actually think the process of dealing with a crime is worse than the actual crime is a statement of such colossal stupidity that i hope for your sake i am just falling for an elaborate troll here. for if you honestly believe what you wrote then that makes you a certifiable low iq asshole

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