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Deutsch: Sarkozy wünscht sich ein "zivilisiertes" Internet
With France at the Presidency of the G20 group in 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy has recently announced the intention to convene a G20 meeting to discuss Internet and copyright issues, before the full G20 summit of heads of state and government in Cannes in November.
The French President has had the same discourse for some time now, having pushed the idea of a "civilised" Internet on various occasions since the signature in November 2007 of the so-called "Olivennes agreement", which established the Hadopi authority.
The subject of a "civilised" Internet will also be discussed during the G8 meeting that will take place in Deauville, France, on 26 and 27 May 2011. "We will table a central question, that of a civilised Internet (....).We cannot consume as never before images, music, authors, creation, and not ensure the property rights for the person who put all the emotion, talent and creativity (...). The day we no longer remunerate the creation, we will kill the creation" said Sarkozy.
In the French government's opinion, expressed by Deputy Muriel Marland-Militello, France is the "world's pioneer of the civilised Internet", thanks to Hadopi.
A pioneer who obstinately continues its efforts to promote its repressive three-strikes system with every occasion. In October 2010, an international conference on online freedom of expression was supposed to be organised by French minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner. A letter sent by Nicolas Sarkozy to Houchner shows that Sarkozy was trying to take the opportunity of the conference to promote Hadopi law establishing the three-strikes system.
In Sarkozy's opinion, the conference provided "the opportunity to promote the balanced regulatory initiatives carried on by France during these past three years, and in particular the HADOPI law in the field of copyright."
In the meantime, Hadopi presented on 23 January 2011, on the occasion of MIDEM 2011 (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale - International Market of the Record and Musical Edition) the results of its first study, performed between 25 October and 4 November 2010, on Internet usage in France.
The study revealed that half of the French Internet users engage in alleged illegal downloads. A rather unpleasant finding for Hadopi is that 29 % of the "pirates" admit to having started downloading during the last 6 months, meaning after the introduction of Hadopi law and the issuing of the first warnings by the authority. Moreover 50% of the "pirates" stated they did not intend to change their habits, irrespective of the authority's actions.
The study has also revealed that the persons who illegally download cultural goods are also the ones that spend more on culture than others who do not. The main obstacle to legal consumption of digital cultural goods is the price for 37% of users, while for 21% of them the reason is a lack of offer diversity, and only 13% state they are more used to "illegal consumption."
The findings of the report are not quite in favour of Hadopi and only prove the inefficiency of the system.
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