Showing posts from May, 2009

Courts Unfit for Digital Society

France passed a law on digital piracy.  FT reports : Internet users who download films and music without paying for them would get three warnings before being cut off for up to a year. Until now action against illegal file sharing has been a matter for the French courts. The debate in Europe is not if Internet piracy is legal or not, but whether we uphold the rule of law and make sure that a court has to decide to block a person off the internet, or this can be done by some other authority. Imagine that the highway toll collectors could ban people from using the highways if they though they are transporting fake Gucci bags: Lawyers say France’s move to cut the courts out of the issue of internet access may contravene the European Convention of Human Rights and could spark conflict with Brussels. Long awaited reform of EU telecoms regulation has been held up by disagreements over whether the courts should be involved. The bigger issue at stake here is   are courts fit for the speed of t

You can’t stop the game

  Speaking of Global Governance and ideas on how new financial regulation will make future crises impossible, a quote from the movie “ Other People’s Money ” comes to mind: Kate Sullivan : Someday, we’ll smarten up, change some laws, and put you  out of business . Lawrence Garfield : You can change all the laws you want.  You can’t stop the game . I’ll still be here. I adapt.