Friday, June 12, 2009

Internet Access is a Human Right

Internet Access is a Human Right, or so says the French Constitutional Council, France's highest court.

According to the Times (of London), June 11:

Top French Court Rips Heart Out of Sarkozy Internet Law

Paris - France's highest court has inflicted an embarrassing blow to President Sarkozy by cutting the heart out of a law that was supposed to put France in the forefront of the fight against piracy on the internet.

The Constitutional Council declared access to the internet to be a basic human right, directly opposing the key points of Mr Sarkozy's law, passed in April, which created the first internet police agency in the democratic world.

The strongly-worded decision means that Mr Sarkozy's scheme has backfired and inadvertently boosted those who defend the free-for-all culture of the web.


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