Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Mar 2006 22:51 UTC
Legal French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill Tuesday that would require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind its market-leading iTunes music store and iPod players. The draft law - which also sets new penalties for music pirates - would force Apple, Sony, and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players. An analyst expects that Apple is more likely to leave the French market, than to open its format in France. My take: Just buy CDs. They play in every CD player, and have no weird restrictions. In case you forgot, CDs look like this.
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Recurrent theme in French-bashing
by jacquouille on Tue 21st Mar 2006 23:24 UTC
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2006-01-02

Saying that American companies will leave the French market rather than adapting to French laws is nothing new. It's a recurrent theme in French-bashing. The idea is that France is so irrelevant, it's not worth adapting to.

My humble opinion is that it's the role of the state to regulate the market just enough so that there is some healthy competition on the market. Hence a bill promoting interoperability makes sense.

That said, I don't defend everything the French authorities do in copyright law. Actually the currently hot issue is a French transposition of the DMCA ! Yes, we're going to have DMCA-like legislation in France. It's called DADVSI, and it's just as horrible. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, our Culture minister, is very actively defending it, which is a sign that he's sold himself to the media industry.

Edited 2006-03-21 23:30

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