View Full Version : New Copyright Law Starts Today In France - Bad News for Internet

August 6th, 2006, 21:41
News Via PCworld (http://www.pcworld.com/article/126661-1/article.html)

Software publishers and Socialist Party members are among the groups unhappy with the new French copyright law that took effect today. French Internet surfers could now go to prison for downloading copyrighted music files without authorization, while companies such as Apple Computer, which make or use DRM (digital rights management) technology to protect music downloads, may have to provide details of their DRM system to their competitors in the interests of interoperability.

Though the law is intended to protect copyright material, it will, in effect, actually undermine copy-protection efforts, according to The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a group of software publishers. The BSA's main criticism is that the law requires makers of copy protection software to disclose information about their security technologies.

Now that the law is in effect, Internet users who download copyrighted music files using P-to-P (peer to peer) file-sharing software technically could face prison terms or fines of up to $640,000. However, the Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the law's sponsor, has made clear that was not his intention.

Glad i dont live in France, another Barmy law

August 6th, 2006, 21:46
Ohhh, my french friend wont like this

August 6th, 2006, 21:53
This is a step in the wrong direction,we a human society need to improve information exchange not hinder it.:(I wonder if this legislation affects open source software licensed under GPL,MIT or BSD licenses?

August 6th, 2006, 22:03
AH! I vant ze x-boxe!

August 6th, 2006, 22:14
thank god this does not happen in USA. RIAA is dying for something like this which will ultimately just kill the industry (they keep **king the industry over).

August 6th, 2006, 22:18
Does anybody know how this affects open source licences like GPL?Or if it does at all,I haven't had a chance to look at the actual legislation.

August 6th, 2006, 23:20
No Offense but this means im never EVER living in France! lol :p

August 6th, 2006, 23:30
Yeah, hopefully nothing like this happens in the U.S.

August 6th, 2006, 23:59
well, it's not a surprise for me. sad, but expected

if you keep giving up our rights for those of the big companies by voting the right handed (capitalist parties) that always fight for the enterprise instead of the plain, working population, that's what we will have in the future in all "modern" countries

as for the US, well, I certainly see something like this not too far away, as the states are the biggest producer of media crap (music, movies, games, etc).

it won't take long until big companies pay lots of money to overcome any resistance the can find on politicians. actually they already put lots of money into politics...they just have to put a bit more, that's all

and soon, all "illegal" downloaders will be treated as terrorists or something similar

that's the future we are building...a very sad one, but we deserve it

August 7th, 2006, 00:10
You know xiringu I agree with you completely.best thing we can all do as consumers is support free and opensource software.That way big media companies can't control advancement.Capitalism as it is now is not democracy since capitalism really only gives power to the rich.

August 7th, 2006, 01:22
wow, thats pretty lamme must i say...
but guess that 4 the money, ppl do anything even things like this... a sad day 4 freedom

August 7th, 2006, 01:33
Something similar to this is going on in America.
Pretty much without net neutrality were screwed.

August 7th, 2006, 01:57
Thanx for the link SSaxdude very interesting,I'll be watching this one closely.

August 7th, 2006, 03:33
im french its too bad but i dont give a f**k bout that jaques chirac is licking my ass nothin else ^^

August 7th, 2006, 05:05
All thoug this sucks for the people. Companys that are require to release there copy protection programs will get it worse because we all know the peogram then will be breaked down and soft ware will be easyer to rip

August 7th, 2006, 07:57
So not only does it screw the community it also screws the developers,ha REALLY bad decision for everybody.

August 7th, 2006, 08:02
Yes im new to this dc homebrew because at first i bought a dc and it broke and i was pissed and didnt want one but lately i decided to buy 1 from ebay and it came with a network adapter how do u use that adapter and my second question is how do u backup games

August 7th, 2006, 08:11
sorry buddy this is the wrong thread for that question,try checking the forums:)Don't think it's cool to talk about backing up games either.

August 7th, 2006, 17:23
Something similar to this is going on in America.
Pretty much without net neutrality were screwed.

This is all a disgrace and I hope the workings behind limiting and regulating the Internet for the common user go down in flames. Then giving preferential Internet access to big business and giving the average joe limited bandwidth is beyond disconcerting.

So we have a possibility in the future of businesses & corporations having broadband fast internet speeds with unlimited bandwidth and then normal or casual everyday internet users will have slower speeds and a limit on bandwidth.

IF that happens, I and many others will be a fierce force of opposition to this madness and I encourage everyone to join the fight.

Now about this French copyright business, Apple said it best. It is nothing more than state sponsored piracy.

Apple is being forced to disclose proprietary technology, and more about their iPod & iTunes in support of more "competition".

What? Just because Apple has the most successful download service, they need to share that success with competitors? That is ridiculous.

And what about Sony? If Sony's download service and PSOne EMU is successful, will they too be forced to open up to competitors?

Nonsense. Like a lot of things, this type of law is created because they don't see any threat from citizens opposing it. Or not enough people will make a stink about it so they can get away with it. This needs to change. People living in these countries need to come together in a common fight for internet freedom.

August 7th, 2006, 18:58
Im from britain and we pop over to france to get cheap booze, maybe wel see our french friends coming here to download tunes?

August 8th, 2006, 01:08
Well said voltron!!!!!

August 8th, 2006, 03:49
Well, Apple doesn't HAVE to do anything. They can simply pull out of France. It would be risky for Apple, but a lot of people might get upset and demand that the law be revoked as they begin losing all foreign hardware companies. (Maybe I can leave out the word "foreign." France seems to only have coders)

When faced with losing the business of a small country or losing my corner on the global market, I'd probably get the fcuk out of France.

Even better, instead of pulling out completely, they should stop selling all technology, and just have a store for MP3 accessories. Then as other companies would have to release their secrets, Apple could get the upper hand on their business.

Then after just a couple years of this craziness France will become a country of technological accessories; as all companies will have stopped offering their technogear and only offer faceplates and headphones for the things that you can no longer buy in France.

Can't you just see it. Go to BestBuy in France and all they have are faceplates, leather carrying cases, remotes, and batteries.


August 9th, 2006, 17:07
i'm French. i'm glad i live in the US :)