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[News] France is Adding Censorship to Its Internet, Just Like in China and Iran

  • Subject: [News] France is Adding Censorship to Its Internet, Just Like in China and Iran
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:32:07 +0000
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French lawmakers to vote on net filtering next Tuesday

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| French lawmakers will vote next Tuesday on 
| a proposal to filter Internet traffic. Part 
| of a new security bill, the measure is 
| intended to catch child pornographers, but 
| critics say it won't succeed. Once the 
| filtering system is in place, though, it 
| will allow the government to censor other 
| material too.
| The National Assembly has already spent two 
| days debating the grandly titled "Bill on 
| direction and planning for the performance 
| of domestic security," known as Loppsi II 
| in French, with deputies voting to reject 
| all the amendments that sought to limit the 
| Internet filtration provisions.


French Parliament approves Net censorship

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| During the debate over the French security 
| bill (LOPPSI), the government opposed all 
| the amendments seeking to minimize the 
| risks attached to filtering Internet sites. 
| The refusal to make this measure 
| experimental and temporary shows that the 
| executive could not care less about its 
| effectivity to tackle online child 
| pornography or about its disastrous 
| consequences. This measure will allow the 
| French government to take control of the 
| Internet, as the door is now open to the 
| extension of Net filtering.



French Government Urged to Tax Online Ad Revenue

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| A report commissioned by the French Minister
| of Culture FrÃdÃric Mitterrand urges the
| introduction of a tax on online advertising
| such as that carried by Google, which would be
| used to pay the creators of artistic and other
| works who lose out to online piracy.


France floats Google music-and-movie tax

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| A new proposal to tax internet advertising
| revenue was among the recommendations offered
| by the government-appointed panel. Money
| raised would finance the availability of
| cultural material online and fund the
| protection of artists losing out to piracy.
| [...]
| Zelnick's recommendations follow the French
| government's efforts to pass its controversial
| "three strikes" law that would disconnect
| internet users repeatedly accused of illegal
| downloading. His reports also taps into fears
| of the growing influence of major internet
| companies.


French Pirates get 2.06% in by-election

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| France's Parti Pirate fought its first election on Sunday.
| This was a by-election to the Natonal Assembly in the 10th
| district of Yvelines. The Pirate candidate was Maxime
| Rouquet, a 23 year old student, and he got 2.06% of the
| vote.


Music industry talks break down in illegal downloading row

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| Many in the music business believe that the disunity,
| which has involved public spats between the FAC and
| artists such as Lily Allen, Abba and Muse, will derail
| Lord Mandelsonâs proposals, as the industry fails to
| present a united front.
| UK Music, the umbrella organisation for the whole music
| industry, has already dropped all mentions of
| disconnection from its public statements on the issue,
| in a desperate attempt to unite the industry. The
| consultation period for the plans ends in a weekâs time.

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