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French minister backs new law

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Mon May 1, 2006

French minister backs law

The French Minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has said the French government will move forward with a law that would render Apple's iTunes Music Store an illegal entity. The Minister said all music and videos purchased from iTunes, which currently play exclusively on Apple's iTunes software and iPod players, must be playable by other devices and software programs, according to the International Herald Tribune. Back in March French lawmakers approved the online copyright bill by a 296-193 vote, and the U.S. government backed Apple's stance on the bill two days later, saying that companies need to protect their intellectual property. iTunes rivals Maersk and TDC, which both operate their own online music services in Europe began a public lobbying effort in late March, urging Denmark to open up the closed iPod/iTunes ecosystem following coverage of the French draft law. The Danish Minister of Culture reportedly promised to introduce new DRM legislation in 2007 to help ensure interoperability.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Warrenpeace

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The iTunes store is a service. If people aren't happy with the files and the DRM, they should buy elsewhere.

    Expecting those files to work on other platforms is as ridiculous as being angry because your cd doesn't work in your tape deck.

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah Right

    I'm sueing 'cause my CD doesn't work in my tape deck and my tapes don't work in my CD player and my AM radio doesn't get FM and my old B&W TV doesn't work with cable and my year old computer won't boot in the new OS and my 1 year old cell phone won't call russia (with love) and my digestive system won't digest genetically modified foods and my car won't run on ethanol and my dead wife can't smoke no more and my old LP records are now worth more than those old BB cards so why did mom throw them out...

    The French are just unhappy, face it, until the French snobs get what ever they want for free, the youth will keep torching cars and rioting. Sounds like some good clean fun maybe we should send them our illegal aliens instead...

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As we all say

    F**k the French! Let them rot in h*** and deal with the riots. Pull iTunes out of that craphole of a nation!

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stupid, but here are +++

    MS will have to deploy windows media with full support for OS X and iPod as well (it works boths ways) maybe someone can sue that I buy MS Office Windows version and it doesn't run on my Mac or my Linux box. (ie, I don't think this one has been thought through too well)

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Donnadieu de vabres"

    Until the French finish the job they started in 1789 and chop off the heads of all these douchebag "blueblood" in-bred morons (you can tell them from the "de" in their names) they'll have to contend with complete idiocy in their government. Aux armes, etc...

  1. eastside502




    This is typical for France. Ask anyone who works for a French owned company, especially if you're not located in France. If somehow RCA (control your laughing) made the iPod the French Gov't would do everything in their power to keep it proprietary.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh come on now!

    What is this c***? There's already been six comments to this article, and not one jab at the oxymoron of "The French Minister of culture"? The best you can do is "F*** the french!"?

    You people just aren't trying! Come on! You call yourselves Mac-fans? Let's put some effort into this! Just pretend MS is behind it somehow!

    Oh, and eastside502, this is typical of any company, whether it be French, German, or American. The US spends loads of money on time trying to keep exports or technology out of the country to protect their internal industries.

    And, more importantly, you are talking about a country whose citizens believe a 35 hour workweek, lifetime employment, and guaranteed pensions are a birthright, not based on actual performance. That's why the their economy blows and their gov't tries to give their businesses advantages.

  1. patioman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ding ding

    Wow, that's sure idiotic, and of course two iTunes competitors are behind it. They're only for freedom! Right, right. I second chadpengar's bullet points. Where's the push to make Windows illegal?

  1. e:leaf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    get a grip

    @ warrenpeace @ albert

    You are both complete idiots. It is not that the files will not work on other platforms, it's that are manipulated by the DRM to not work with other platforms. An MP4 file can be played by any media player capable of playing MP4s, but iTunes places DRM on them which then prevents them from playing on anything but the iPods. The files are, essentially, being sabotaged by Apple. Wouldn't you be upset if you bought a JVC DVD player, only to find out that you can't play Sony DVDs on them? That is precisely what Apple is doing with iTunes and the iPod.

    That iTunes can only play on iPods can only play iTunes can only play on iPods can only play iTunes cycle is ridiculous and stops any competition before it has the ability to start.

    Keeping the iPods and iTMS locked has nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or stopping piracy (that iTMS tracks can be played on an infinite number of iPods -- which happen to control 75% of the entire MP3 player market -- shows that), but about keeping control of a market through dirty business.

    So until you can come up with one reasonable argument as to why (un)Fairplay should be kept completely proprietary other than "F the French!" or coming up with absolutely nonsensical metaphors (my VHS tape won't play in my DVD player), you'd best stay out of the conversation.

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The French economy blows

    Testudo, the US economy is not exactly doing all that well right now in case you haven't noticed, but unlike France when things go poorly here only the poor and the middle class suffer, while the super-rich make record profits. I don't think we're in a position to point a finger and laugh. But then again with dumb comments like yours you're probably one of the morons who voted for Bush and put us in the mess we're in. Congrats.

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