3/10/2006

French parliament blocks move to legalise downloads

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:43 am

MPs from France’s ruling conservative party have blocked a move to legalise Internet downloading of movie and music files, after several days of sharp debate in parliament.

The vote by members of the UMP party late Thursday signalled a victory for the government as it pushes through a bill that would outlaw the downloading of commercial files as well the breaking of copyright protection on DVDs or CDs.

MPs from the Socialist, Communist, Green and UDF parties walked out in protest ahead of the vote, allowing it to be adopted nearly unanimously.

Nevertheless, deep divisions remain in France over how best to balance consumer rights against copyright in the Internet age.

The UMP vote scrapped an article in the bill which would have upheld a text adopted by parliament last December to legalise downloading in return for Internet users paying a de facto flat tax of eight to 12 euros a month that would go to pay artists’ royalties.

Source: AFP

 

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