German justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has declared her country will say a clear no to the controversial three strikes rule which is currently being debated in secret EC talks on the international antipirating agreement ACTA. Cutting citizens off from the internet were not the right way to counter onlinie piracy, stated Leutheusser-Scnharrenberger in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel.
She also described the secret proceedings of the European Commission as “disturbing” and demanded all papers be discussed by the European parliament. American companies had signed a NDA in order to view the documents, whereas members of the European parliament have as of yet not been able to see, read and discuss them in open – as is the standard procedure in any democratic process.
France passed the so-called Hadopi-bill last year, which states normal citizens should have their connection cut off if they illegally download or trade MP3 files or movies. Nicholas Sarkozy pushed the bill through parliament. He is married to French pop star Carla Bruni, who is signed to record label Naive. Naive was founded by Patrick Zelnik, who just happens to be the author of the so-called Zelnik Report. In his report, he demanded an extra tax on online advertising to support French newspapers. Sarkozy, seemingly a friend of outdated, non-digital business plans, was very pleased.