I mustn’t be reading the right blogs: it took an English-speaking blog’s post for me to find out that France is preparing its own DMCA, that a Vivendi – Sacem amendment wants to make filesharing software illegal, and that the whole thing will be discussed in emergency, hurry, and discretion at the end of the month, when three fourths of the Parliament are home preparing their Christmas parties. (Seriously, is that the “
emergency” regarding French legislation right now?)
Once that’s done, I suppose that won’t prevent them from getting back to lobbying for a tax over DSL connections1.
P.S. Ah, turns out it’s an emergency because it’s a European directive that has to be implemented before next year. We avoided software patents; can’t win every time. But when I think of all those DMCA horror stories we’d read, thinking “ha, ha, thank heavens it’s not happening here”…
1 Or maybe not.