Copyright, piracy and proportionality

Does The Punishment Fit The Crime? Is Manslaughter An Equivalent Crime To Copyright Infringement? | Techdirt. 31 August 2011

A post that highlights, by refering to another article (in French, translation OK), part of the absurdity of criminalising copyright infringement. But when put in context with the original crime of piracy – which was theft (plus murder and rape) in high seas-, the discrepancy between the two worsens. In this article by Nick Hopkins for the Guardian (8 May 2012), there is a description of what real piracy is: assault, kidnapping, murder, blackmail, in high seas, with money at stake, hugh sums of money because otherwise the pirates would not indulge in the activity. But when they make more than the aid provided by Europe and the US, one can see why they do it. And one can see that copyright infringement, often by users who do not make a direct profit, is a different kind of fish and certainly not as important as the real piracy.

So when France declares that HR protection can wait, one wonders if the priorities are right: “France: Copyright Is More Important Than Human Rights“, TechDirt 6 September 2011

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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