French presidential officials caught illegally downloading music

French presidential officials caught illegally downloading music

Summary: French presidential officials have been caught illegally downloading copyrighted material; ironic, as the officials could have broken the French 'three strikes' laws twice over.

TOPICS: Piracy, Legal

Just as both employees of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the RIAA, one of the main proponents behind the controversial SOPA bill currently going through Congress, more high-profile organisations and government departments are found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material.

Enter the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Members of staff at the Lysée Palace, home and office of the French president, could be found to be breaking some of the toughest anti-piracy measures in Europe, France's own 'three strikes' law.

(Adapted from source: CBS News)

Last week, Russian website YouHaveDownloaded opened its doors as it claimed to track around 20 percent of all public torrent downloads. You can check your IP address and others against the database of almost 53 million users and over 110,000 tracked torrents to see if you or prominent others are found illegally downloading copyrighted material.

Sarkozy's anti-piracy legislation involves cutting off pirates after three proven conditions, known as the 'three-strike' rule.

Husband to musician Carla Bruni, Sarkozy pushed through the controversial rule in the French parliament last year, thought to be the toughest anti-piracy law in Europe.

Reports suggest that around sixty French web users were on their third and final strike as of October this year.

According to TorrentFreak, a total of six infringing downloads were tracked back to Sarkozy's residence, double the three-strike limit.

The Irish government had previously implemented a three-strike rule, but on Monday indicated that it would be replaced with a UK-like system where court orders could be invoked to block access to sites instead.

Along with the U.S. Department for Homeland Security and the RIAA, copyright holders themselves, from Sony, Universal and Fox employees were found to be downloading content -- some of which belonged to their employers.

It would have been an almost perfect hypocrisy had Bruni's music been illegally downloaded. Alas, it's not the case. Someone clearly has a taste for The Beach Boys though.


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Topics: Piracy, Legal

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  • RE: French presidential officials caught illegally downloading music

    Le torrent? Or le deluge? Apres vous!
  • Copyright laws are about Government Control, not Intelectual Protection

    These so called copyright/anti-piracy laws from the US to Europe are not about protecting intellectual property but are designed to implement legislation that allows governments to curtail free speech and the sharing of information under the disguise of protecting copyrighted material.

    You can bet the mortgage that even if these criminals in government are caught illegally downloading material they will not go to jail or face any serious fines or penalties as you or I would. In fact the US Federal government is so arrogant and corrupt police state like now that if one of their own were caught illegally downloading copyrighted material it???s doubtful they would even pretend to be doing something about it as they would have done in past years when one of them is caught breaking the law. The same goes for any of their partners in crime on Wall Street or in the top Fortune 500. Just look at what Goldman Sachs regularly gets away with.
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