Law that could have forced Apple to open iTunes Music Store to non-iPod devices blocked in France

Lawmakers from France’s ruling conservative party have blocked a move to legalize Internet downloading of movie and music files, after several days of sharp debate in parliament, an AFP report said. The report said the vote by members of the UMP party “signaled a victory for the government as it pushes through a bill that would outlaw the downloading of commercial files as well the breaking of copyright protection on DVDs or CDs.” MPs from the Socialist, Communist, Green and UDF parties walked out in protest ahead of the vote, allowing it to be adopted nearly unanimously. Full article here.

Yesterday, Astrid Wendlandt reported for Reuters that, if passed, the French law “would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management — the codes that protect music, films and other content — if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another, said Christian Vanneste, Rapporteur, a senior parliamentarian who helps guide law in France. ‘It will force some proprietary systems to be opened up … You have to be able to download content and play it on any device,’ Vanneste told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday. Music downloaded from Apple’s iTunes online music store currently can only be played on iPods. The law, if enacted, could prompt Apple to shut its iTunes store in France, some industry observers say, to keep from making songs vulnerable to conversion outside France, too.”

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French law would force Apple to open iTunes Music Store to non-iPod devices – March 13, 2006

47 Comments

  1. Funny how when someone propose some moronic law in the States people comment how moronic the proponent is, but when they propose a moronic law in France it’s “the French are assholes, morons, cowards, they whine, they mess in what isn’t their business, they eat cheese, they killed Jews, they eat babies at breakfast, Laeticia Casta, Audrey Tautou, Ludivine Sagnier are all hairy whores who never take a bath…

  2. “Nice reporting job, there is no “conservative party” in France”

    True…but us wordly Americans (sarcasm) don’t realize that the Liberal Party in Europe is conservative.

    (explaination: comes from word Liberation as in from Government.)

  3. >”the French are assholes, morons, cowards, they whine, they mess in what >isn’t their business, they eat cheese, they killed Jews, they eat babies at >breakfast, Laeticia Casta, Audrey Tautou, Ludivine Sagnier are all hairy >whores who never take a bath…”

    You forget “they only work 3 days a month and spend those 3 days striking.” And smell bad. Guess that’s covered by not taking a bath.

  4. There’s an unfortunate typo after the word denotes “tits” should be “its”. Ouch! My only excuse is that it’s after 3.00 A.M. so a simple but embarrassing typo is a signal that the time has long passed for this Mac user to toddle off to bed. My apologies to anyone who was embarrassed by this…I certainly was.

    MDN magic word is “word”. OK MDN I get the message. Goodnight all!!

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