French Senate caves on digital copyright bill
by JUNKO YOSHIDA
EE Times, publication date: 11 May 2006
"The French Senate bowed to intense lobbying pressure, approving a watered down digital copyright bill that differs significantly from the controversial version passed at the National Assembly last March.
The new bill is likely to give Apple Computers enough leeway to keep its proprieatry digital rights management (DRM) system used in iTunes and iPod. But consumer advocates and developers of open source software here have called the Senate action late Wednesday (May 10) 'irresponsible' for 'having thrown away most of the work done by the National Assembly.'"