Opinion: Why it is right to fight web pirates

It was probably inevitable that when Nicolas Sarkozy invited the leaders of the world’s biggest technology companies and high representatives of Silicon Valley to Paris to mull over the future of the internet, a culture war would break out.At one extreme in the showdown in a hot tent in the Tuileries gardens this week was the French president, who has backed one of the strictest anti-piracy enforcement laws of any country. He insisted to the technologists that “the world you represent is not a parallel universe where legal and moral rules, and all the basic principles that govern societies do not apply”.

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