French Government Fights File-Sharing Initiative
“The French government began a second attempt to push through anti-piracy legislation Tuesday, in a bid to overcome a rebellion by its own lawmakers that sought to legalize online file-sharing.
“Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres defended a revised version of his online copyright bill ahead of an evening debate at the National Assembly, France’s lower house.
“In a concession to critics, the latest draft lightens the penalties for those caught pirating music or movies online. But it also strengthens legal protection for anti-copy technologies known as DRMs, shielding them from challenges under French laws that grant consumers the right to make copies of music and film for private use.”
Laurence Frost. France Pushing for Anti-Piracy Crackdown. BusinessWeek Online. March 7, 2006.
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