[A2k] Non-market sharing is a fundamental right

Philippe Aigrain philippe.aigrain at wanadoo.fr
Thu Apr 21 09:59:34 PDT 2011

Commissioner Barnier spoke yesterday in a conference on Creative
industries: innovation and growth. He announced “a major initiative to
focus on ISPs to fight online piracy because he doesn’t want to
criminalise consumers”. He added that this strategy will be developed
with Commissioners Kroes (digital agenda) and Vassiliou (culture).

This announcement signals a new stage in the war against sharing in the
digital sphere: after suing users for infringement, after automated
sanctions and the criminalization of some tools, policy is now after
depriving users of the means to share by exerting pressure on ISPs. Just
like the “graduated response” or three-strike approaches were presented
as softer than infringement cases, transforming ISP in police
auxiliaries is presented as “avoiding to ciminalize” users, that is it
treats them all as criminals preventively.

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Philippe Aigrain

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