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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 poetmatt ( 793785 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @10:23AM (#29692505) Journal

    is the fact that they removed the publishers name actually criminal?

  • by jhjjhj ( 1228452 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @10:53AM (#29693083)
    I thought that the three strikes law took away your access without any judicial proceeding. So is the president subject to the law?
  • by uffe_nordholm ( 1187961 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:02AM (#29693241)
    What you fail to take into account is that no French law is really ever used. To anybody. Unless of course you are a criminal, terrorist or foreigner. French laws are essentially a bunch of guidelines to stear you in the right way, but if you break them tastefully, you may very well get away with it. And being the President de la Republique means you can get away with murder....
  • Re:France just sucks (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jeian ( 409916 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:14AM (#29693445)

    And as you're all nodding your heads in agreement, please keep the parent's words in mind next time you're tempted to rail on what a terrible country the USA is.

  • Re:France just sucks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by commodore64_love ( 1445365 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @11:26AM (#29693659) Journal

    I think you presume too much when you say "13 is immature" because it depends on the person.

    I went to college with a 15-year-old and he was more mature than I was at age 19. And of course being in college, he had sex with coeds five years older than he. Although that was technically illegal (statutory rape), I don't consider it immoral. A young adult is still an adult and should be free to make his own decisions.

    >>>The brain hasn't fully developed at 13.

    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.

  • by commodore64_love ( 1445365 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @12:21PM (#29694579) Journal

    >>>and sex with with minors IS brutality

    Two days ago a boyfriend/girlfriend spent a night in prison for exchanging nude photos over their phones. Isn't THAT a form of brutality against minors? Your lecture on the law sounds good in the abstract, but the practical application of that law is borderline tyrannical. Laws that result in minors being maltreated are just as bad as the pedophiles, and those criminal laws should be executed (repealed).

  • Re:France just sucks (Score:5, Interesting)

    by loutr ( 626763 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @01:32PM (#29695713)

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

    May I remind you of this fine fellow named Dick Cheney ? How about Donald Rumsfeld ? They may not be pedophiles but they have fucked up the lives of much more people than Mitterand.

    If you get Obama in 2012 it'll be awesome, your government's political parties will have a majority so powerful there is no way anyone can stop them from doing what they want, and yet nothing will continue to get done because they can't agree with themselves. I guess you haven't been paying attention to the actual politics in America, but Obama's presidency and the Democrat majority in congress has been nothing short of a joke. They have their entire team in office, everything is under their control, [...]

    That's already the case for us. The opposition is a pathetic joke, Sarkozy has control of the governement and the media, he can do whatever he wants without any risk of backlash. He gets things done, problem is he's headed in a completely wrong direction.

    [...]and they still can't get anything useful actually accomplished.

    That's not the impression I'm getting from here, the healthcare reform seems much needed despite the public outcry (which I don't really understand BTW), but what do I know ? Guess I'm just a retarded european...

  • Re:France just sucks (Score:3, Interesting)

    by clone53421 ( 1310749 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @03:15PM (#29697143) Journal

    Yeah, well, I never was really talking specifically about young/old relationships in my original post (though the guy I was replying to was, I suppose).

    However, I do know one thing: if you do discover an ongoing, consensual, 15/30 year old relationship, breaking it up and making the kid testify against the adult and throwing the adult in jail is going to do a hell of a lot more emotional damage than the relationship ever could – even if it soured and/or the kid grew up and realized they were young and naive.

  • Re:France just sucks (Score:2, Interesting)

    by TheCarp ( 96830 ) * <sjc@carpanet.PERIODnet minus punct> on Friday October 09, 2009 @04:37PM (#29698223) Homepage

    I disagree. I think the reason young adults are so confused is that we have had such a sexually closed culture. Its not "polite" to talk about. Its "dangerous" for kids to know about. ooooh scarey. Its no wonder that by the time they are 13 and have had maybe one quick health class on the topic (that was my experience), they know jack shit. They know what their friends tell them, and the silly little qips that pass for "education".

    Knowledge is power. Don't ever hide your own sexual relationship with your wife from her, let her grow up knowing that its normal, and healthy. The most important thing, from all the people I have known and seen, is that she feels its not taboo to talk about it. Any of it. Be it attraction to women, or how to properly put a condom on a penis. Arm her with that knowledge, because if you don't, her peers will disarm her with their faulty knowledge.

    Anyway, I am not a parent, but I have seen a few different kinds, and grown up seeing kids in different households, and, from everything I have seen, the less taboo it is, the less enticing it is. The more she knows, the more safe she can be when the time comes, and the greater the likelyhood that she will tell you and not feel ashamed when something does happen.

    That is unless you want her to fall for lines like "You can't get pregnant the first time".


  • by jaavaaguru ( 261551 ) on Friday October 09, 2009 @08:18PM (#29700259) Homepage

    here [sohovichlaw.com] and here [democratic...ground.com]?

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