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France about to get worst copyright law in Europe?

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  France about to get worst copyright law in Europe?2005-12-03 12:49
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by Flemming Funch

Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing:
France may soon enact the worst copyright law in Europe, sneaking it through in a legislative session scheduled for December 22 and 23.

Europe's equivalent to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a controversial directive called the EUCD. Each EU state is responsible for implementing the minimum set of EUCD restrictions (which are far from minimal!) but each state can exceed the minimum, and the entertainment lobby pushes hard to see to it that they do. They've run amok in France, subverting the lawmaking process with a farcical wish-list of penalties, mandates and software bans.

Copyfighters in France have published a detailed alert in French; what follows is a loose, machine-assisted translation (substantive corrections gladly sought):

* A prohibition on all software that permits transmission [disposition is unclear without greater context] of copyrighted material that does not integrate both a watermark and DRM
* A prohibition on marketing or advertising such software
* These prohibitions include legal sanctions
* DRM mandates for digital radio transmission
* A universal wiretapping system for private communication [This is defined elsewhere as a system to check for, say, music files attached to email messages, and not one that would violate the "secret of private correspondence".]
* Creation of a universal filtering system for all ISPs

Summary in French here, and there's a petition one can sign against it. Very disappointing to see the French government in the pocket of multi-national media companies.

Read a news article here. Note that the law being proposed would make the publishing of free software a criminal offense. The government threatens to sue anybody who openly publishes their source code.


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3 Dec 2005 @ 15:44 by jstarrs : I'll pass this on - thanks, Ming.....
...I hate these sneaky things.  


3 Dec 2005 @ 18:33 by vibrani : Well, that sucks
hope you can nip it in the bud and it won't filter into any other countries' laws.  


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4 Dec 2005 @ 10:13 by fuzz @86.52.72.163 : ridiculous egos
not allowing people to share code if they want to would be like telling an artist that he/she cant share how it did a painting, a piece of music, a dance step, or any of the arts forms. it would mean that it would be illegal for any teacher to teach anything about how things are done, because in essence it is sharing "code".

now, if an artist does not want to share how they do things, i think its their right, but if an artist does want to share how they do things, it is also their right.

the whole thing just seems ridiculous, and a gross lack of understanding of the creation process.

thanx Ming for your blog. always spirited and informative:)  



5 Dec 2005 @ 04:05 by vaxen : fuzz...
the implanter enslavers that are trying to ''run'' this world do not want free beings who know the truth! every lie gets its' power from the truth so the truth becomes...supressed by suppressives who want dibs on power. also don't forget that every postulate is a lie.  


6 Dec 2005 @ 06:59 by Vaxen Var @67.35.195.111 : Sanity:
"If we remove the 'compulsions' towards aesthetics we cut away the only bridge by which facsimiles can be appended to theta (thought as an energy). Theta manufactures aesthetics. Implanted aesthetic waves, then, if strong enough could obsess theta into acting on enforced aesthetics."---R

"Sanity is the ability to recognize differences, similarities, andidentities."  



6 Dec 2005 @ 12:32 by ming : More
Here's from an e-mail I got today:

"merci de faire suivre, c'est grave et urgent ... en résumé, ça veut dire qu'on ne pourra plus utiliser un logiciel libre pour lire, écouter, visualiser un document "propriétaire"

(par exemple : plus openoffice pour lire un fichier doc, plus firefox ou mozzilla pour naviguer sur un site web qui contient du flash ou du java ou du langage microsoft (asp), fini d'écouter un mp3 ou de regarder un dvd sous linux (ou sous windows avec un lecteur libre comme vlc ...) .... c'est en gros casser les logiciels libres et leurs créateurs, les seuls qui produisent de l'intelligence mise à dispositon comme bien commun de l'humanité = si t'as pas de tunes, t'oublies l'ordinateur, c'est plus pour toi !!!"

Essentially, you can not use any free software for opening any kind of "proprietary" document. You can not open a Word DOC file with OpenOffice. You can not use Firefox or Mozilla to go to a website that uses Flash, Java or ASP. You can not listen to MP3 files or watch a DVD on Linux, or with any free program on Windows.

More info: {link:http://eucd.info/|eucd.info} and {link:http://forum.framasoft.org/|forum.framasoft.org}  



7 Dec 2005 @ 13:56 by fuzz @86.52.56.145 : menfin
de lire des trucs comme ca me font penser que les gens qui essayent de passer des lois comme celles ci n'ont pas lu de magazines, ou n'on pas etaient a des conferences depuis 20 ans au moins.

m'enfin..dans le concret c'est beaucoup trop tard pour passer des lois comme celles ci. je suppose que de penser a des abrutisseries comme cela fait passer du temps au gouvernement en ne rien faisant..comme d'hab;)

comme qui dis spok: "the only constant in the universe c'est la bureaucratie"....
peut etre qu'il vaut mieux en rire....  



7 Dec 2005 @ 19:16 by Ge Zi @24.126.199.23 : OH MY GOOOOD....
... Flemming, you are speaking in tongues!!  


8 Dec 2005 @ 09:33 by vibrani : That's insanity
isn't there some kind of a group fighting this, Ming? Anyone in the government fighting it?  


15 Dec 2005 @ 18:32 by ming : m'enfin
Ils sont vraiment des idiots et trés mal informés, et j'espère ça va être clair quand on discute la loi. Je pense que tout les politiques ne peuvent pas être si stupide. Si oui, j'ai honte vivre en France.  


15 Dec 2005 @ 18:35 by ming : Insane law
There seem to be well organized groups fighting it. And, normally France is a place where everything gets discussed backwards and forwards and sideways, and a place where one prides oneself in involving the proper experts to examine things carefully. And there are a lot of activist groups. So it would actually be very strange if something like this just went through. I would like to hope that it is impossible.  


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Flemming, these are indeed good prices!
And about the german - ask if you need my help - I still think I can understand these strange tongues.  



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