Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni (pictured), who in the past has readily admitted to downloading music illegally, reiterated that he still obtains music in this fashion and also criticized France’s “three-strikes” policy against file-sharers.
Maroni, who is in a band himself, first admitted to pirating music back in 2006, and defended the practice by saying that it’s not the same as stealing from a supermarket, according to an article on Torrent Freak.
It is as if the owner of this computer where I’m going to take the music from did a copy of a CD he bought and gave it to me, something that normally happens when we buy a CD and make copies for our friends.
A spokesperson from the country’s Federation of the Italian Music Industry (FIMI) wasn’t too overjoyed about Maroni’s comments, stating, “The Minister should consider the risk to jobs and loss of revenues to the state because of digital piracy.”
Regarding France’s Hadopi law, which was backed by French President (and pirate himself) Nicolas Sarkozy, Maroni said, “Introducing heavy penalties such as those in France to disconnect people from the Internet is wrong and does not work.”
Maroni hopes to someday create a “great national site where people can legally download music for free.” He believes that advertisers and sponsors could pick up the costs of such a service.