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Vive la DRM! Parts of French iPod law struck down

Vive la DRM! Parts of French iPod law struck down

The French government cannot force Apple and other companies to make their DRM-protected music compatible with any digital music device without compensation. That per the French Constitutional Council, which says parts of France's recently passed "iPod law" are unconstitutional--namely the bits that reduced fines for illegal file-sharing and would require digital music interoperability with multiple devices. In fact, the Constitutional Council took particular issue with the reduced file-sharing fees, which put the penalty for pirating music on a par with accidentally letting the meter run out. In related news, thousands of U.S. college students just canceled their plans for study-abroad semesters in Paris.