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French lawmakers agree on compromise to iTunes law

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, June 22, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

French lawmakers agreed today to soften the draft copyright law that had threatened the future of the iPod and iTunes Music Store in France. “The compromise text, which is subject to a final vote in both houses before becoming law, still asserts that companies should share the data essential to such interoperability,” reports the Associated Press. “But in what could be a significant loophole, it allows compatibility restrictions on music and video downloads to be decided by the copyright holders—potentially allowing Apple and others to sidestep the information requirement by striking deals with record labels and artists.” In March, the French assembly backed proposals to force companies to share their copy-protection technologies with rivals who want to offer compatible players and services.

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Comments

1

Let me guess…..did Jerry Lewis draft this bill?

Sure sounds like it.

I hope he drafts one that says everyone should have a billion dollars.

Posted by unreal on June 22, 2006 at 9:01 AM (PDT)

2

chicken…

Posted by mike on June 22, 2006 at 11:13 AM (PDT)

3

The French are good at backing down.

Posted by Steven on June 22, 2006 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

4

Is it really any surprise as to which side blinked first?

Posted by good grief on June 22, 2006 at 2:03 PM (PDT)

5

Not really. The French loved the Nazis who made them their b**ches during WWII. And when the U.S. came to help them? Were we treated with respect? No. The French are dogs. The only thing they respond to and respect and those who smack them around.

Posted by Charles O. on June 27, 2006 at 8:25 PM (PDT)

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