Internet leaders to G8: Don’t regulate Web

Regulation will not work when it comes to the Internet, and governments should leave it alone: This was the basic message to government leaders at the Internet session of the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, yesterday from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and other Internet bosses, MediaGuardian reported.

Internet leaders have been at odds with political agendas of government leaders, especially French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is looking to implement more Web regulations, specifically intellectual property protections.

“Yes, we should protect intellectual property; no, we shouldn’t create a situation by which the Internet cannot grow and cannot develop,” said Maurice Lévy, CEO of advertising group Publicis, according to MediaGuardian.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama, among others, joined the Internet leaders and Sarkozy at a roundtable discussion, at which a final statement was drafted.

The United States is one of several G8 countries not in step with Sarkozy’s initiative, and wary of international regulations of the online sector.

According to Agence France-Presse, a draft G8 final declaration calls for governments to take on the role of “creating an environment in which the Internet can flourish in a balanced manner,” as well as “respect for the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the protection of intellectual property.”

Image: The Associated Press, via the BBC

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