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<nettime> France unveils anti-"piracy" plan
Miguel Afonso Caetano on Tue, 27 Nov 2007 05:01:48 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> France unveils anti-"piracy" plan

Hi Patrice, from Portugal:

2007/11/26, Patrice Riemens <patrice {AT} xs4all.nl>:

> These two comvictions are then combined with yet another commonly held
> belief in political circles, subsumed in the funny 1970s slogan "In France
> we don't have oil, but we have ideas!". This has led to a very peculiar,
> that is litteral, interpretation of the "Oil of the 21st Century" concept,
> loudly advocated by prominent public economists like Alain Minc and
> Jacques Attali. The French 'knowledge economy' shall be firmly copyright
> based - or bust. All this results in an irresistible aggregate argument to
> legislate for 'robust protection of intellectual property', against which
> more enlightened critics in the digital community and some intellectual
> circles (eg the group around the review 'Multitudes') are rather helpless.

I don't know what do you mean when you associate Attali with the motto
"Oil of the 21st Century", but unless i'm very mistaken he has been
one of the most vociferous supporters of the idea of free culture. For
instance, in a essay he wrote for WIRE in 2001 called Digital Potlatch
(http://www.sinologic.com/newmusic/sub/attali.html), Last year, he
even appeared in Cannes for MIDEM for a talk with Wired's Chris
Anderson (ocreation.blogs.com/alban/2007/01/en_direct_du_mi.html).

Two weeks ago he just wrote a post on his blog
where he criticized a law that was approved in the Senate regarding
the fight against piracy which compromises filesharers privacy.

I'm sure there are Nettimers here that know all the details and issues
involved, but I'm also sure they will agree with the idea that Attali
never was an IP maximalist...

Miguel Caetano


Miguel Caetano


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