Monday, April 17, 2006

French bill casts chill on open-source

French bill casts chill on open-source
by PETER SAYER (IDG News Service)
ComputerWorld, publication date: 14 April 2006
"The developers of the open-source multimedia player VLC, which can read DRM-protected DVDs, consider themselves targeted. But the legal uncertainty over the term manifestly intended makes the bill's coverage so broad that it could even cover the open-source Web server Apache, which hosts over 60% of Web sites, opponents of the bill say. Open-source projects are thought to be more vulnerable than commercial operations because they typically have few resources at their disposal to defend legal actions."

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