US Commerce Secretary Gutierrez backs Apple against proposed French copyright law

“US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez backed angry protests by Apple Computer over a new French law that would throw open Apple’s popular online music store to competitors,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports. “Speaking on the CNBC network, Gutierrez said he needed to make further study of the copyright law passed by the French parliament’s lower house this week. ‘But any time something like this happens, any time that we believe that intellectual property rights are being violated, we need to speak up and in this case, the company is taking the initiative,’ he said. ‘I would compliment that company because we need for companies to also stand up for their intellectual property rights,’ Gutierrez said. ‘If we all do that, have the government work with other governments, have companies defend and protect their own intellectual property, then we’ll be able to make more progress on a worldwide basis.'”

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  2. Seems more like a boilerplate generic statesmanspeak rather than any sort of firm backing of Apple, some times it’s hard to wade through the political gobbledy gook and figure out what some officials are really saying. This is one of those cases.

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