Monday, March 06, 2006

French Government Tries to Block 'Download Fee' Idea

An AFP newswire article, via Yahoo! News, reports that:

An initiative by French MPs to introduce a general "downloading fee" that would allow consumers to legally source whatever music or films they want from the Internet is to run into heavy government opposition this week.

From Tuesday, parliamentarians are to debate whether to keep the fee idea, or replace it with a government bill that would toughen copyright laws for digital media -- the Internet, CDs and DVDs.

The bill, to be put to a vote March 14, essentially follows the lead of other countries that explicitly make unpaid downloading of commercial works illegal.

More here.


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