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December 23, 2005

France Considers Legalizing P2P

In a move that certainly bucks the trend to lock down digital content, the French Parliament is considering a law that will legalize peer-to-peer downloading.  Entertainment companies are unsurprisingly up in arms over the move.  Reuters is reporting that this comes as France is seeking to conform to an European Union directive that states "authors cannot forbid the reproduction of works that are made on any format from an online communications service when they are intended to be used privately."

The vote came late on Wednesday in the National Assembly, passing 30-28.  There is some question about the viability of the vote as the Assembly has 577 members.  Under the proposed law, Internet users would pay fixed royalties of $8.50 per month for unlimited downloading. 

More from Reuters here.

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