Vive l’iTunes!  French ‘state-sponsored piracy’ DRM law gutted in committee

“It didn’t take long for the new French DRM legislation to get spoiled in committee, and you can’t blame French consumers for expecting canard à l’orange and being served some very dodgy escargot instead,” Nate Anderson reports for Ars Technica. “No one was surprised when the proposed French law was trashed by Apple as ‘state-sponsored piracy.’ There was even speculation that Apple might leave France altogether rather than risk opening its Fairplay system. It looks like the French will still get to keep their iTunes Music Store, though, since the original bill was recently gutted in committee. Most of the consumer-friendly provisions in the legislation have since been removed or rewritten.”

“The new changes will be voted on soon, but they already have some French consumer groups up in arms. As anyone who has ever relied on RATP to get to work knows, the French are very, very gifted in the art of the strike, and has called for one in the Place de la Bastille on May 7. Will anyone show up? Perhaps. 22 percent of under-25 workers are unemployed, and they’re willing to take to the streets. If they’re as concerned about DRM as about having jobs for life, the rally could be huge,” Anderson reports.

More details in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Too Hot!” for the heads up.]

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Dvorak: What the French got right with proposed DRM law – March 28, 2006
Will Apple’s Steve Jobs bid France adieu? – March 22, 2006
Wired’s Kahney: Proposed French copyright protection law a good thing for consumers in the long run – March 22, 2006
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  1. “…the proposed French law was trashed by Apple as ‘state-sponsored piracy.'”


    “Most of the consumer-friendly provisions in the legislation have since been removed or rewritten…”

    translation: Most of the anti-business and pro-theft provisions have been removed.

    Apple doesn’t really care about piracy. Their stake in this is that it might hurt iPod sales in France and or that it will scare their partners that provide the conent. If Apple were really against DRM, you could not easily remove it by burning a playlist.

    re: Anti-business and pro-theft
    There are music download stores with no DRM on their tracks. These sites are neither “anti-business” or “pro-theft”.

    The vast majority of people, with the appropriate education, now understand that putting their music on P2P networks is piracy, but still want less restricted DRM for personal use. Nothing fucking wrong with that. Please don’t respond that “that’s the law”, because I’m not arguing that it isn’t within the copyright laws to restrict usage as they have. I’m arguing that the consumer wants more flexbility. I’m advocating that consumers should have the same ground of fair use with digital files that they have with CDs, tapes, and vinyl.

    Real pirates, the ones that do huge volumes of fake media or have hundreds of thousands of songs available on P2P are going to crack the DRM, no matter what it is.

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