So Much For A P2P Revolution; French MPs Levy Penalties, Instead

So much for those notions of a P2P Utopia in France. Ditto for predictions of copyright chaos or an iTunes France shutdown. The left-wing MPs lost out in today’s parlimentary vote and the result is a less robust but still emphatic new law aimed at preventing illegal media downloads. Among the provisions as reported by AFP:

— Anyone who supplies software that allows users to break copyright protection on DVDs or CDs for distribution online can be imprisoned for six months or fined 30,000 euros.

— Those using the software or even possessing it can be fined 750 euros.

— Hackers caught trying to break the DRM can be fined 3,750 euros.

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