French Citizens Rail Against Changes to Anti-DRM Bill
“A peaceful crowd of several hundred gathered at the Place de la Bastille in Paris Sunday afternoon to march in support of ‘digital freedom’ — and against digital rights management and a proposed change in copyright law currently on the floor of the French Senate.
“The demonstrators, many of whom identified themselves as open-source software developers, said they were protesting the bill on two fronts: consumers’ right to fair use and software developers’ freedom to innovate.
“The controversial legislation has come under fire from all sides. Often described as the “iPod law,” the bill has triggered anxiety in the business community here and abroad, which fears the mandate for “interoperability” could shut down Apple Computer’s iTunes service based on its proprietary DRM approach.”
Junko Yoshida. Anti-DRM March in Paris Targets Big Tech Firms. EE Times. May 8, 2006.
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