French rally against copyright legislation
by NATE ANDERSON
ArsTechnica, publication date: 8 May 2006
"The initial bill produced all sorts of reactions—everything from rage to euphoria—but it didn't really matter because the bill was altered substantially in committee.
The many changes gutted some of the more significant aspects of the bill and prompted widespread French claims that legislators were simply bowing to the will of corporations such as Apple and Vivendi-Universal (one amendment to the bill is nicknamed the 'Vivendi-Universal amendment' because it was allegedly inserted at the request of that company). In the end, it appears that the hoped-for revolution will not be televised; instead it will be available on iTunes for US$1.99 and will be locked down with strong encryption."