President Sarkozy, who by pushing through the Hadopi law and its three-strikes internet disconnection rule for alleged illegal file sharers in France, has already introduced the most draconian copyright infringement laws in Europe.
A joint statement from rights groups La Quadrature du Net and Access Now said: "The world's most developed economies are poised to impose strict copyright enforcement and heavy-handed government regulation of the internet.
"Voices of civil society are speaking out, urging the G8 leaders to adopt citizen-centred policies ensuring privacy and freedom of communication such as net neutrality, and combating online censorship, private policing and surveillance."
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