France Set to Legalize Breaking DRM?

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A Reuters article from yesterday states that the French parliament is set to vote on a proposed bill that would make it break DRM for the sake of converting it to a different file type.

It would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management -- the codes that protect music, films and other content -- if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another, said Christian Vanneste, Rapporteur, a senior parliamentarian who helps guide law in France.

"It will force some proprietary systems to be opened up ... You have to be able to download content and play it on any device," Vanneste told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday.

Music downloaded from Apple's iTunes online music store currently can only be played on iPods.

The article notes, however, that DVDs are exempt from the law.

via Slashdot


Damn French

I hate the French but here they are doing something I would have love to have done... force iTunes into allowing other audio formats

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