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ACTA and other monsters discussed behind Council closed doors

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| The Council is discussing measures to curb infringements of progress bars and
| others counterfeited shoes. ACTA and other monsters are discussed behind
| Council closed doors.
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http://www.digitalmajority.org/forum...l-closed-doors

Commission rejects Sarkozy's letter to support 3-strikes

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BqU81xNOOzY


Recent:

Urgent reform of the European Law making process needed?

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| I am following the Telecom Package amendments fiasco, here are some ideas for
| reforming the process of adoption of the laws in Europe, without any need to
| change the treaties.
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http://www.digitalmajority.org/forum...process-needed


A suspect package

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| The ‘telecoms package’ is a potentially dangerous piece of legislation that
| will lead to many users losing internet access.
|
| The ‘telecoms package’ is winging its way through the European Parliament
| under the watchful eye of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
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http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/opinion/...uspect-package


Urgent: Telecoms Package Vote Again

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| Back in July I urged you to write to your MEPs about the Telecoms Package.
| Well, I'm at it again: the main vote was postponed, and will now take place
| on Wednesday 24 September, so there’s still time to write to your MEPs and
| ask them to support some amendments that should help (more details from Open
| Rights Group.)
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolb...1302&blogid=14


Urgent: Telecoms Package Vote Again

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| Back in July I urged you to write to your MEPs about the Telecoms Package.
| Well, I'm at it again: the main vote was postponed, and will now take place
| on Wednesday 24 September, so there’s still time to write to your MEPs and
| ask them to support some amendments that should help (more details from Open
| Rights Group.)
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolb...1302&blogid=14


French storm the bastille over 'Sarkozy's Big Sister' database

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| Imagine, if you will, an announcement by the UK Government that it is going
| to create a new database to track anyone over the age of 13, who has
| been "active in politics or the trade unions or who has a significant role in
| business, the media, entertainment or social or religious institutions".
| Let's say 20 million individuals who the authorities believe are "likely to
| breach public order".
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09...abase_tumulte/


Learning French...a lesson in open source acceptance

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| What can be taken from the article is that the French, from a national level
| down, have demonstrated very high levels of open source acceptance.
|
| That doesn't mean that the French sell the most open source products or can
| boast the most open source companies. Neither does it mean that France is
| suddenly the pre-eminent hotspot for open source activity across the globe.
| It simply means that the country has set an example for others to follow in
| its footsteps.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/commu...1238&blogid=18


France to Tax Internet, Mobile Sales to Fund Ad-Free Public TV

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| France will ban prime-time advertising on public television as of Jan. 1 and
| plans to tax Internet, mobile-phone and commercial-broadcasting companies to
| replace the lost funding, President Nicolas Sarkozy said today.
|
| [...]
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| The plan is opposed by unions representing workers in public media, many of
| whom went on strike last week. The proposals require parliamentary approval.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...s&refer=europe


Related:

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| [Nicolas] Sarkozy and his family have been vacationing at
| a lakefront estate in Wolfeboro owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive
| Michael Appe.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20137506/


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been
| made on Friday.
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-50670...ooxml-position


Big Brother: Sarkozy calls for it, his government does it.

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| "I want to see everything and know everything." - Nicolas Sarkozy, 2006, on
| video-surveillance
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| La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) has seen the draft "Trust Online”
| Charter (FR) that the Ministry of the Interior is asking ISPs to sign by June
| 10th. The text confirms La Quadrature’s worst fears. Under the pretext of
| protecting users, the French government is attempting to put in place an
| all-encompassing Internet monitoring and filtering system. It seeks to avoid
| the usual processes of law-making, in order to impose disproportionate
| obligations on the ISPs – obligations which violate fundamental rights and
| which are contrary to the ethos of the Internet environment.
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http://www.laquadrature.net/en/%EF%B...rnment-does-it


EU hopes for Community patent under French Presidency

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| "If there is enough political will, I am confident of having a solution soon,
| maybe even under the French Presidency," Vijzak stated.
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http://www.euractiv.com/en/innovatio...172847?Ref=RSS


Sarkozy’s broadband tax plan snagged by Eurocrats

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| THE EU COMMISSION has warned that France’s quest for universal internet
| access would be hampered by a presidential proposal to tax broadband usage. *
| The plan is to supplement the licence fee for public broadcast television and
| radio which has a funding shortfall due to the decision to abolish
| advertising in order to 'raise standards'. *
|
| Speaking in Paris this week, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding,
| condemned President Sarkozy’s proposal arguing it contradicted his own
| ambition to make broadband available to all French people. *
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-telco-debacle
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