Softened French DRM Law Passes Senate

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    [​IMG] reports that the French Senate has passed a modified version of its controversial copyright bill.

    The original law, which was later gutted in committee required that Apple and other online music stores to have their songs be interoperable with all portable media players in France. The version passed today provides a loophole for Apple to keep their songs protected, but still retained some of its principle interoperability language.

    Apple originally called the law "state-sponsored piracy." Apple has not yet officially responded to the latest text of the law.
  2. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
  3. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    This is, in the end, better off for French consumers. Apple would otherwise have simply backed off from France.

    But I wonder... aren't all forms of DRM approved by copyright holders? Isn't that the point of DRM, to protect the author's content?

    Who would this law apply to, then?

  4. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    Damn it, just liscense fairplay already..sheesh.
  5. garrettcumber macrumors newbie


    Nov 13, 2005
    i think that this is all a bunch of crap. how do we find ourselves (u.s. co's) under foreign jurisdiction? maybe im not getting this, but it appears that the damn french are always perverting good ideas and plans. on top of that, the windows users complaining about how they want unlimited access to "their music", wake up get an iPod a Mac and realize that you never "own" music.
  6. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    To paraphrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans"

    When you are trading in another country you respect their laws.

    If you don't want to respect other countries, don't trade with them. People need to get away from the idea that the world is made for the utility of the US.


    I don't agree with what the law was trying to do, but you have to admit that there is a danger that a "foreign" company (to the French at least) will wind up in a momopoly situation. that's not a desirable outcome. The proposed law was an attempt to redress the balance, but was seriously flawed imo, as it pushed the balance too far, and misses a crucial point - iPod and iTunes are really one integrated product.
  7. drlunanerd macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2004
    Typically French.

    A complete waste of time and taxpayers money.

    Piss off Chirac :p
  8. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

    May 26, 2004
    Dekalb IL
    If this continues like this, and the loophole is fixed, it wouldnt surprise me at all to see apple drop the french iTMS.

    One of apples biggest points about the iTMS is that you can only play that music on an iPod, or your computer, and that you cant use your iPod with other programs.... so I dont think apple would be to happy to just let the french government tell them how to run their business.

    Goodbye French iTMS
  9. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    I'm not going to drag this thread into the Political forums, but:

    If you do not live in France and/or pay tax there, you can't insult the French way of doing things because:
    • You don't live or pay tax there;
    • It's none of your goddamn business what they do in their own country;
    • They don't give a f*** about what you think.

    And before you say something, point 2 applies even if you're a non-French company. If you want to do business in France, abide by their laws. If not, piss off.

    Don't get me wrong, you're more than free to express your opinion on the matter (e.g. "I disagree because..."). Just don't bloody tell the French (or any other country) that they're stupid/dicks/etc. because of the way they do stuff. :rolleyes:

    I personnaly view it as a good thing that Apple licenses its DRM system.
  10. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I kinda like what this law was remade into. Everyone is protected this way, if the consumers complain they have a legal forum to take their complaints to, the company is protected because they are not forced to open up anything unless the consumer and the owner of the copyright agrees that it isnt a fair limit on the usage. Artists are protected because they wont have their music pirated and have a bit of say on how their work can be used.

    I dont see a reason why if a group of consumers and artists disagree with Apples DRM that apple cant simply cut out the artist from the store, the artist will loose income because they dont accept a mechanism set out to protect them?!? Fairplay is a decent DRM system, we all agree, the amount of music and sales on and by the iTMS prove that, why are people worried?
  11. shawnce macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2004
    Well not really. This just made Apple's life much harder when it comes to negotiating distribution rights with record labels and/or individual artists and fulfilling those contracts.

    It also could make the end users life difficult / confusing since some songs they purchase may support being switched among DRM systems while others aren't, etc.

    Really this isn't a very good situation for customers or distributors...

    IMHO this law should not have done anything in regards to DRM at all but if they feel they must it IMHO should have ONLY stated that a service to convert between DRM schemes (with matching end user rights) should be made available to customers (with no requirement for it to be free).

    Again no one is forcing anyone to buy an iPod and/or songs from iTMS, folks have a right and the ability to not buy into a product/service if they feel it doesn't serve their needs.
  12. LordJohnWhorfin macrumors regular

    May 28, 2002

    It seems very disingenuous of the French government to target Apple's fairly recent alleged "monopoly" when they've been so reluctant to do anything about Microsoft's which is several orders of magnitude larger and has been around for about 20 years now.

    Other than that, one gets the distinct impression that the legislators are dealing with an issue they have absolutely no understanding of, simply reacting to the push of powerful lobbies. That doesn't seem to be a uniquely French problem...
  13. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Do you really think so? The iTMS DRM is a very nice DRM system, if a artist or label in France doesnt like it they can go somwhere else, Apple shouldnt bow down to this legislation, if the french labels and artists dont like fairplay then the french as a nation can lose the iTMS and they wont miss it, im normally negative, but I dont see why Apple should worry, if its meant to be the iTMS will naturally close in france and continue to do business elsewhere and the french market will suffer, if it stays open it just proves that the law is only there as a precaution.
  14. morespce54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    ...and just say NO to 70 M potential custommers :eek:
    ... mmmm don't think so...
  15. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Well said that man!
    Good for consumers, bad for Apple.
  16. ClimbingTheLog macrumors 6502a

    May 21, 2003
    I'll be sure not to tell you you're stupid next time you're poking a stick in your eye then, lest I risk offending you.

    Look, the French do some things really well (nuclear power->low CO2 emissions, low cost power) and some things really poorly (employment regulations -> high unemployment rate, immigration policy -> race riots). Oh, and the bread is fantastic. So, skip the political correctness and embrace reality and stop trying to censor free expression. Facts are much more persuasive.

    I was just recalling when the iTMS hit the streets and Apple positioned FairPlay as a necessary evil, only done to appease the RIAA, and only temporary until they came around.

    I'm glad to see I can now let go of that tenuous hope and admit that Apple loves DRM.
  17. cwtnospam macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2004
    Nuclear power low cost??? Not a chance. The waste disposal costs alone will be more than any alternative energy's total cost, unless you don't mind leaving waste disposal costs to your children, your grand children, your great grand children, your great great grand children, and so on for the next 15,000 years. :eek:
  18. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    And you spent how long in France? Me, I spent 20 years there...

    Free expression does not include calling people stupid based on what they do in their own country. :rolleyes:

    And race riots? What race riots? When the f*** did France abolish slavery anyway? Well before many countries. Learn your facts.

    Ban me please.
  19. AlmostThere macrumors 6502a


    :confused: :confused: :confused: How on earth is this law softened?!? :confused: :confused: :confused:

    The law has been hardened, further depriving consumers of established legal rights.
  20. ClimbingTheLog macrumors 6502a

    May 21, 2003
    You massively underestimate the human race. We'll have very reliable off-world capability within a couple hundred years and waste reprocessing will be a well-known process. Besides, in another 60 years fission will go away leaving fusion with 37-year radio-copper as the waste legacy. We'll have a total of a hundred years' worth of fission-created waste to deal with as a race.

    And, umm, we'll run those plant with macs.

    Of course it does. Other than yelling "Fire" in a crowded theatre a free person can say anything he wants. "I hate what you say but would die fighting for your right to say it". At least that's what we call free speech in the USA. Those who would oppress "offensive speech" are what we call fascists. Be careful with that shoe.

    You may have missed it but parts Paris burned for a couple weeks this past autumn when a muslim teen was shot by police. Curfews were declared, emergency powers acts were invoked, warrantless searches were conducted, public meetings were banned, the government invoked censor power over the media, and police did battle with rioting muslim youth.

    It was declared illegal in 1848, and the French West Indies continued the use of slaves into the 1870's. What was your point exactly? Some feint at moral superiority of ancestors?
  21. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    How could you have missed this:

    As the rioters where majority North African Muslims, I think its fair to call it a "race riot", although I assume your feigned ignorance of these events is due to you not wanting to define them as "race riots" but "religious riots"?
  22. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Maybe we can just ship it to Mars :D
  23. Highland macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2003
    garrettcumber, drlunanerd etc... you guys really need to actually think a little more before you speak.

    DRM is NOT good for consumers.
    DRM is NOT good for artists.
    DRM is NOT good for society.
    And... DRM is probably NOT good for business.

    Read this thread please:
  24. SPUY767 macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    I like how this article says that "The misic industry is already wanting compatibility among formats. . ." The only reason that the music industry wants interoberability is so that they might be able to get some of the other stores, who would be more than willing to slip it in the customer's pooper for a buck or so more a song, to sell music that can be played on the iPod. Only problem there is that apple's already signed a contract extension at 99c, so the RI is basically still at the mercy of iTunes, cause no one is going to pay more for music from somewhere else, when they can get it from iTunes more easily, and potentially cheaper.

    Actually, the french population according to the most recent estimates is 60M. take out the group of people most likely to buy songs, i.e. those over the age of 13 and under the age of 55, and you end up with a number more like 30-35M.

    Amen. This law is damn near socialistic. It is taking a company with a rightfully earned majority share of a market and punishing it for being smart, playing its cards right, and treating its customers with respect.
  25. jasonbogen macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2006
    If you live in America, point 4 trumps the other 3. We can express our opinions including what we think of the French, their laws, their president, their odor etc. Anyone who thinks they can change French policy by expressing their opinion on a message board is a moron, but we can say whatever the hell we want...and by the way, we don't give a f*** if the French give a f*** what we think. ;)


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