<<France about to get worst copyright law in Europe?
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
* Creation of a universal filering system for all ISPs >>
- At the moment libdvdcss is allowed here, but with this new law, it
won't be no more.
- To counter streamtuner/ripper, all webradios will have to use DRM to
be allowed to broadcast
There is an online petition currently running.
FSF France, Sun Microsystems, Videolan, FFII, Mozilla Europe, others
company and 71150 person signed it *.
I would like to know if the Ubuntu Community accept for ubuntu-fr to
have a banner in the header of its website, this one :