Signez le Pacte des Libertés Numériques contre la Hadopi

(Pour un complément d’information, lisez ce billet (eng))

Vous avez déjà échangé des œuvres? Vous avez déjà téléchargé des films, des tubes, mais aussi des œuvres rares, oubliées ou tombées dans le domaine public? Si tel est le cas, la loi Hadopi va bientôt faire de vous un PIRATE.

Mais si, comme nous, et comme des millions d’autres citoyens en France, vous pensez qu’il est grand temps de reconnaître ces pratiques d’échange comme inscrites dans la révolution numérique, si vous partagez la conviction qu’Internet nous offre de nouveaux espaces de liberté, et qu’il faut les protéger, nous vous invitons à découvrir et signer le Pacte pour les Libertés numériques en cliquant ici : http://reseaudespirates.net/

Pourquoi signer dès aujourd’hui et rejoindre la communauté des pirates? Parce que, dans moins de 4 jours, le débat sur la loi Création & Internet (Hadopi) reprend à l’Assemblée. Le Pacte totalise à ce jour 8000 signatures. Nous pouvons faire mieux, et atteindre 100 000 signataires dans le week-end! Cliquez ici : http://reseaudespirates.net/?q=/user/register

Au delà de l’actualité de la loi Hadopi, l’ambition du Pacte est de faire des libertés numériques un élément clé de la campagne des élections européennes de juin prochain… et, plus largement, du débat public, comme Nicolas Hulot l’avait fait pour l’écologie.

Défendons les libertés numériques : prenez le parti des pirates! http://reseaudespirates.net/?q=/user/register

Le réseau des pirates

Ils nous soutiennent : Lepost.fr, Numerama, L’hebdomadaire Vendredi, Agoravox.

Et de nombreux signataires, visibles sur le site.

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March 28th 2008 is Download day: Opposition to French anti-piracy law rises

I dream of a cultural market that includes its customers, instead of suing them.

So far, I have published a couple of books and a certain amount of articles and book chapters: a fair share of them have been put online for readers to download them for free. I didn’t do it, “pirates” did. Well, sometimes Google Books did it, but pirates benefited from it, I guess… Point is: I thank them, because that helped my books being republished and made my articles known to a wider audience.

Just my two cents, but I believe people who freely download online contents are not stealing it. On the contrary, by sharing it within their communities, they are actively adding value to the creative process. I write books. Readers read it. So-called Internet pirates promote, distribute, link, localise, remix, comment and catalogue them. That’s a heck of a job. A job they are not paid for. Ironically, they pay for sharing: they pay hardware and they contribute their time, their disk space and their technical competences.

Given that, I’m all the more insulted by the anti-piracy bill recently proposed by French Minister for Culture and Communication, Christine Albanel.

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Should this law pass, Internet users caught « illegally » sharing contents would have their Internet access cut out for one year (plus face fines and other legal ramifications). Backed by record industry and cinema lobbies, this law is not only politically reactionary – it is technically unfeasible. If only French lawmakers had heard about public internet access, wi-fi, cybercafés, cloud computing –  they would know « individual » Internet access is just about as individual as the wall socket one plugs a washing machine in. You bar it off, I can simply go somewhere else.

Consumer associations and Internet access providers have produced a number of other compelling arguments against this law. My only argument is:

Present legislation on so-called intellectual property protection on the Web mimics past century’s legislation on private property. Users downloading mp3, films, software are equated to petty thieves stealing apples, cars, money. But a car and an mp3 file are not the same kind of product. Technically, the former is a rivalrous good, while the latter is a non-rivalrous one. If I’m driving a car, nobody else can at the same time. If I listen to an mp3, anybody else can at that same time. In the first case, we can talk about stealing. In the second case, we should talk about sharing. From a legal and economic point of view, online contents are more similar to public goods than to private ones. Downloading online contents is nothing like driving a car: it is more like riding a bus. The French government is doing something as ridiculous as forbidding public transportation.

This is why I invite you to take part to the Download day that will take place all around France on Sat, March 28th, 2009. The rationale is explained here, and here is the twitter providing directions and details about the venues.

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