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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jacquouille
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2006-01-02

And punishing the successful ones is good "regulating"?

It's not a matter of punishing. We're not talking about justice, or morals, or anything like that. The point is, there's a free market, and the state has to put some regulation so that it remains a free market. This is not at all specific to France, the same thing could happen in any capitalistic country.

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cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

it's not about free market, it's about in one hand protecting authors against pirates, and in an other allowing users to do what they want with a song they bought as long as it remains a private usage.

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jacquouille Member since:
2006-01-02

You are THE Cyrille Berger who contributes to Krita ? Thanks a lot for the effort you put in it!

Back to the topic...

There's a lot of confusion about the laws that are currently being voted in France, because they do a lot of different things. There are the things that you mention, and there are also the things that I mention. They do both, which is confusing.

On a sidenote, the penalty for exchanging content by P2P is 150 euro, which is not so high. For people who, like me, make it a citizen duty to NOT respect the abusive copyright law, it means that I'll do as much P2P as I like until they fine me 150 euro. After all it's only the price of six DVD's.

More worrying are the huge penalties against programmers who make P2P-like applications. The very fact of writing a P2P client is illegal. I think this makes France look like a fascist country.

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

@jacquouille

It's not a matter of punishing. We're not talking about justice, or morals, or anything like that.

Oh no. It is about morals. Nothing about free market or capitalistic. It's a law based purely on emotions. And those are never needed. And will only end up hurting the successful, which in this case here is Apple inc.

Edited 2006-03-22 01:13

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Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

And will only end up hurting the successful, which in this case here is Apple inc.

I wish Apple takes its dirty feet out of France, and run out of business. I hate the Apple philosophy. I don't feel it sexy at all. The iPod is the last thing I would throw money at. Useless ripoff.

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