Friday, June 30, 2006

Si vous ne pouvez pas le construire, volez-le
French Lawmakers Approve 'iTunes Law'

PARIS (AP) -- French lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation that could force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod and iTunes Music Store compatible with rivals' music players and online services.

Both the Senate and the National Assembly, France's lower house, voted in favor of the copyright bill, which some analysts said could cause Apple Computer Inc. and others to pull their music players and online download stores from France…

Apple described the original version of the copyright bill as "state-sponsored piracy" earlier this year, but a company spokesman was not immediately available to comment on Friday's vote…

I’ve commented before on France’s state-sponsored thievery, see France: Who needs technical prowess? We’ve got legislative blackmail and Those that can, do. Those that can’t, fulminate and litigate.

My advice to Apple, maneuver as best you can within the law while protecting your copyright outside France and extract every last Euro from that country you’re able before it implodes (Marching for mediocrity, at best), dies (Congratulating yourself into oblivion), or erupts in civil war (Will Paris burn, again?).

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