France

The Morning Lowdown 08-26-11

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YouTube Reaches Deal With French Rights Holders

YouTube and the French music rights group SACEM have reached a royalty agreement that will compensate rights holders for the use of their music in YouTube videos accessed by French users. However, YouTube is still missing a similar agreement with Germany’s music rights group GEMA.

Hadopi Gone Wild: France Plans Spyware for Three Strikes

French government officials recently drafted a proposal for a broad spyware initiative that would log users’ Internet surfing and downloading habits in order to prevent file sharing piracy. The spyware would also block access to certain websites and track the applications installed on a user’s computer.

Havas Joins Google's Real-Time Ad Bidding

Havas is finally ready to join the other leading ad holding companies in offering real-time ad bidding to its clients, Adweek reports. The F…

France Joins Germany In Google Books Protest

First Germany, now France. Nicolas Sarkozy’s government has written to a US court urging it to stop a $125 million settlement between Google…

Mobile Gaming Firm In-Fusio Gets Funding

In-Fusio, the France-based mobile gaming firm, has received a new round of late stage funding from French IT Expansion Capital Fund, Occam C…

France Creates

That’s it. France will officially endorsed its three-strikes-and-your-out music piracy proposal and will introduce the measure in January. T…

As Expected TF1 Sues YouTube; Seeking

As was first reported last December, French TV network TF1 has filed suit against YouTube alleging copyright infringement. French newspaper…

YouTube Rickrolls the World

Ahhh, April Fools’ Day on the Internet. YouTube celebrated, capitalized and killed the meme of the moment by Rickrolling the planet. Click…

Web Video Advertising Tax Rejected In France

The French Senate has rejected a proposed law that would have levied a two percent tax on all French-based websites disseminating video cont…

NetGem Buys Glowria For 18.9 Million Euros

New TV hardware and software vendor NetGem has snapped up Glowria, the French DVD rental and VOD start-up backed by the French VC

Universal Backs Urban Media Company Trace

Universal Music Group will become a strategic global investor in Alliance Trace Media, owner of Trace TV, a French TV network and digital pl…

Babinet Secures $6.5 Million For MXP4

Gilles Babinet, who founded Musiwave and most recently mobile video start-up Eyeka, has secured $6.5 million in funding for his new start-up…