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French "iTunes Law" Threatens IP Rights

Law360 (July 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The so-called “iTunes law” passed by French lawmakers Friday is drawing fire from critics who equate the legislation’s information-sharing requirements with theft, despite a recently added provision that would allow digital music providers to get around the requirements by forming agreements with copyright holders.

Under the revised law, music providers do not have to turn over copy-protection data unless they impose limitations that are “additional to, or independent of, those explicitly decided by the copyright holders.”

Critics are crying foul, saying that the new law is...
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