Liberte, Egalite, no DRM? The French are voting on legislation that would restrict iTunes and its ilk from from limiting upon which devices the music can be played or how the songs can be shared. [Photo from recent student demonstrations outside the Sorbonne, just imagine the mattress represents a giant iPod and we're good to go.]
Guess Jobs forgot to tip the waiters on his last tango in Paris.
- “On Tuesday French lawmakers voted 296 to 193 in support of a law that would stop Apple, plus any other firm selling music downloads, using proprietary software to limit what people can do with tracks they have bought.
The draft law now goes to the Senate – the upper house of the French parliament – for final approval before it gets on to the statute books.
Said Apple: “…Free movies for iPods should not be far behind in what will rapidly become a state-sponsored culture of piracy.”
Good thing that, in the face of immigrant uprising, anti-Semitic homicides, neo-nationalist fervor, and student demonstrations, the French legislature takes time to answer the most pressing questions: can we share pirated Serge Gainsbourg with our mistresses?