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French group threatens Apple to pay royalties on iPod

“A French association representing recorded music rights holders threatened Wednesday to take Apple Computer Inc. to court in a dispute over lost music royalties.

The argument centers on a fee levied in France on sales of blank CDs, tapes, hard disks, and other hardware that can be used to copy music. The proceeds go to musicians and other rights holders who lose money to piracy.

The Society of Music Creators, Composers and Publishers, or Sacem, accuses Apple of consistently refusing to pay the levy on sales of its iPod music player, which contains a hard disk drive.”

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21

lol @ French Hater - I’m sure they won’t miss your friendship mate.

Posted by dmeineck on March 11, 2004 at 10:03 AM (PDT)

22

“lack of action in WW2”

Hey #####, the French decided to fight the Germans in 1939. At that time Germany was the strongest military power in the worldm analogous to the US today. They were also right next door to Germany.

The French lost several hundred thousand peoiple fighting the Germans throughout WW2.

Finally, the US waited until after Germany had been ground down by the Russians to enter the war. In fact, the US didn’t even declare war on Germany but waited for Germany to declare war on the US.

You anti-French people are just sad. You go around saying you want stand-up nations that don’t take crap and act unilaterally, and that is exactly what the French have always done - even when it pisses off Germany and Britain and, apparently, the US. Pot, meet Kettle.

Posted by WW2 on March 11, 2004 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

23

Winston Churchill, commenting on US policies;

“You can always rely on the Americans to do the right thing… after they have exhausted all the other possibilities”

Posted by Winston on March 11, 2004 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

24

“lack of action in WW2”

i think it’s the other way around…...

if the friggin’ french frogs would have stood up to the Hitler in 1936 when he broke the treaty of Versailles by invading the Rhineland, they would have most likely defeated the smaller german army.  but as with the rest of Europe they decided to sit back and do nothing,  thus giving Hitler three more years to build his army and his delusions of taking over the world. 

if they would have just put the smack down on hitler in the first place, maybe WW2 would not have been just that.

Posted by Frenchbread on March 11, 2004 at 7:58 PM (PDT)

25

This 1936 thing is a smokescreen - the time to stop the Germans was in Spain. But the US, along with France and Britain, stood by and let the Nazis wipe out the SOcialists and install the Franco regime.

You can’t get away from the fact that the US waited for years after the British, French and RUssians had been pounding the crap out of the Germans before getting involved.

Late to the party… as usual.

The US is only first to intervene when it is beating up on small towel-head third-world countries. Anything bigger or that presents a real challenge, like Germany or Russia, and it’s always “wait and see”.

North Korea proves this point.

Posted by US WW2 on March 15, 2004 at 11:04 AM (PDT)

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