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.

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