Sarkozy goes head to navel with Schmidt on file sharing

Pint-sized politician Nicolas Sarkozy is finding it hard to get other European countries to surrender, French style, to Big Content.

The politician with a nice wife, who may or may not be pregnant with Schrödinger’s cat, has been trying to get countries to follow his lead and bring in tough internet laws against file sharers.

Apparently if he does not get universal acceptance, both he and Mrs Sarkozy might not get invited to all those movie star parties any more and she might not want to have any more little Sarkozies.

According to Reuters, Sarkozy is trying to rally support for his ideas at a summit in Paris.

However, he is finding that other than the British, there are not many other Europeans who are so keen to give Big Content control of their legal system.

Listening to the speakers at the Tuileries Gardens shindig, which included Google Eric Schmidt and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, it was fairly clear that there is a big split between politicians like Sarkozy, other European law makers, and ISPs.

Sarkozy insisted that governments have a role in setting ground rules to limit the abuses and excesses of the internet.

Schmidt hit back with the comment that no one would win if “some stupid rule” stunted the growth of the web.

No one could accuse Sarkozy of having a Napoleon complex on the issue. Recent research has suggested that Napoleon was quite tall.

A draft communique seen by Reuters suggests that the gathering will release a statement that will paper over the deepest divisions, and shy away from making concrete policy proposals.

Apparently the draft will urge G8 leaders to adopt an international approach to protecting users’ personal data.

It will not talk about intellectual property and will leave that decision to national governments.

The draft communiqué said that in regard to the protection of intellectual property, the Forum recognised the need to have national laws and frameworks for improved enforcement, while encouraging the development of online trade in goods and content which are respectful of intellectual property.