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March 20, 2006

French To Vote on Competition in Music Downloads

The French National Assembly is scheduled to vote on a little égalité in the music download business, forcing vendors to share copy protection schemes so that players are not necessarily coupled to distributors.  This means that an owner of an iPod should be able to buy music from any valid music store operating in France, and owners of other players should be able to buy from the iTunes store.  The legislation also introduces penalties for copyright violations.

Stories are in Business Week, Forbes, and the CBC.

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