French DRM law undergoes big changes


The proposed new French DRM law passed through the National Assembly but a committee review has changed it significantly. In its original form, the law proposed to allow consumers to convert digital content (not only Apple’s), legally cracking the DRM if necessary, into any format and would have forced companies to open up their proprietary systems. The law would also have allowed consumers to make a limited number of copies of legally downloaded material.

The new draft now lets DRM publishers ask for the retraction of source code publication if they can prove that publication would be harmful to the security and efficiency of the DRM solution. Interoperability has been compromised by other changes. Another modified clause would introduce software patents on France.

The law will need to be voted on again and it remains to be seen what the final version looks like.

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