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[News] The FSF Takes Role in Fighting the Copyright Cartel

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The War on Sharing: Why the FSF Cares About RIAA Lawsuits

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| In one of RIAA’s high profile cases the Free Software Foundation backed 
| defendant Joel Tenenbaum, much to the dislike of the music industry lobby. 
| John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF explains in a guest post why 
| they think these cases impact not just music, but also free software and its 
| technology.    


A Modest Proposal: Three-Strikes for Print

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| Yesterday the French parliament adopted a proposal to create 
| a "three-strikes" system that would kick people off the Internet if they are 
| accused of copyright infringement three times.  
| This is such a good idea that it should be applied to other media as well. 
| Here is my modest proposal to extend three-strikes to the medium of print, 
| that is, to words on paper.  


3-strikes MEP Toubon cut off by his own party 

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| Jacques Toubon - the MEP who pushed the  copyright  amendments in the 
| Telecoms Package - is to  quit the European Parliament after being dropped 
| from the selection list by his own party. As a parting shot, he lashes out at 
| the 'terrorist tactics' that led to Amendment 138 being carried in its 
| original form.       


France ignores EU and passes antipiracy law
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| The French National Assembly ignored a vote last week by the European 
| Parliament and approved its "Création et Internet" three-strikes bill on 
| Tuesday.  



France Strikes Out: Approves Cutting People Off The Internet

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| Still, the thing that is most amusing about this is how supporters of such
| three strikes rules somehow seem to think that this will suddenly make people
| buy again. There's no evidence that this is true, whatsoever. But the main
| backer of this bill in France claims that this is:
|     "an important step toward preserving cultural diversity and the
|     industries threatened by piracy."
| How? By kicking fans of the work offline? The most telling part of this
| statement is that it's about preserving the industries "threatened" by
| piracy, not the actual creators of content.


France says 'Oui!' to three strikes for music pirates

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| This Gallic experiment is sure to attract global attention, as governments
| and media moguls in the UK, the US, and elsewhere hve been wrangling about a
| three-strikes policy for some time.


As Sarkozy Pushes Three Strikes, He Pays Up For His Own Copyright Violations

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| Now, you might hope that this would cause Sarkozy to rethink his stance on
| copyright infringement. Instead, it looks like his political party has simply
| agreed to pay up and make the issue go away, while still pushing for the
| three strikes law. It sounds like they paid about 30,000 euros, which is a
| lot more than the single euro that Sarkozy's party initially offered (yes,
| seriously). No word on whether or not this counts towards the number of
| strikes on Sarkozy's internet connection.


Political Hypocrisy: French President Sued for Copyright Infringement

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| This may very well become the most ironic stories of 2009 in the copyright
| debate. The CBC is reporting that French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been
| sued by an independent band for copyright infringement.


Is Nicholas Sarkozy One Strike Towards Losing His Internet Connection?

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| The latest is that French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, a big supporter of
| setting up a three strikes law in France, is being accused of violating
| copyright law himself.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.

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