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Gautschi, Heidi
May 2006
EContent;May2006, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p8
Trade Publication
This article reports on a French legislation that aims to address copyright issues in the country. The French minister of culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, has a growing controversy on his hands: the DADVSI law on copyright in the digital age. The most contentious aspect of the DADVSI law is the attempt to curb illegal downloading of music and movies via P2P programs through the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM). This has caused uproar among the Internet-using public and divided the governing political party representatives in the national assembly. In late December 2005, when the DADVSI law was put to vote for the first time, representatives in the national assembly went so far as to pass an article to be added to the law that did away with the controversial DRM proposal and opted for the equally controversial global license concept.


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