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An Open Letter to the the French President Nicolas Sarkozy

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| This, is simply not acceptable of a country like France. People should not be
| forced to live their cultural lives based on how a secretive but powerful
| lobby would like them to, and oppressive measures should not be enforced
| against a whole population just because those “happy few” refused to accept
| that the world has changed since the 1960’s. Culture does not work that way,
| but one particular industry does, and if it does not change it will die.
| A last word, Mr President. I love my country too much to think that the
| French culture, that is supposedly “in danger,” is a subculture of made up
| pop singers and evanescent starlets. Not everyone that speaks, writes and
| sings in French is worth to promote because a record label, or a publisher
| has acquired its rights and claims it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
| Perhaps you will remember that no one wanted to read François Villon and so
| many others; yet they are now considered to be national treasures. Forced
| consent is not an art. Delusion is not culture.
| I therefore ask you, Mr President, to stop this unfair, lobby-inspired
| legislative agenda on the “Three Strikes” approach and trust you will see
| truth and fairness in this request.


He's also a foe to Free software. He's in bed with Microsoft, the cult that
more recently corrupted ISO.

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Senate Keeps Telecom Immunity in Surveillance Bill

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| The U.S. Senate has defeated three amendments that would have removed or
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| surveillance program dating back to 2001.



French Unveil Presidency Priorities

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| The French have set the construction of the European Research Area (ERA) as
| the main research priority for their presidency of the EU.
| [...]
| Elsewhere, the French pledge to 'strive to make progress towards a Community
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French unveil presidency priorities

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| The French have set the construction of the European Research Area (ERA) as
| the main research priority for their presidency of the EU. Other priorities
| include boosting Europe's role in space and making progress towards a
| Community patent.


French Government decides to censor the Internet

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| In fact, worse still is that any site is now game for a French blockade, as
| Sarkozy’s government is inviting people to send in huge long lists of sites
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Trade agreement could hit privacy

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| In recent weeks, fears about the ACTA have spilled into the political arena.
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| Trade negotiators may prefer to remain outside of the spotlight, yet greater
| transparency is desperately needed.


Embattled ACTA Negotiations Next Week In Geneva; US Sees Signing This Year

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| Criticism from NGOs
| Canadian law expert David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s
| Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, told the Ottawa Citizen
| that the discussion paper was very close to a potential Christmas wish-list
| by Hollywood companies.
| Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), in an earlier statement filed to USTR,
| warned against a lack in differentiation and clearness of core terms, like
| counterfeiting, infringement or piracy. “Is Microsoft a “pirate” for
| insisting on the right to continue to infringe the z4 patents in order to use
| an infringing DRM technology to protect Microsoft software itself from
| infringement by unauthorised uses?” KEI asked in its statement.

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