French Lawmakers Draft Compromise iPod Law

Law360 (June 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a significant compromise, French lawmakers voted on Thursday in favor of a copyright law that would force companies to make their music players compatible with similar products, but not force them to share copy-protection formats with rivals.

There is also a loophole that could allow companies to dodge data-sharing demands by striking deals with artists and record labels.

A previous draft of the bill would have forced companies to share all “information essential to the interoperability” of their copy-protection formats if requested to do so...
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