French Court Fines eBay Over Fake Goods

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A French court has ordered eBay to pay a 40m euro fine (£36.1m; $63m) to luxury goods group LVMH for allowing fake copies of its goods to be auctioned on the site. The case was...

French lawyer gets 6 month ban over P2P legal threats

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A lawyer working with Swiss anti-piracy outfit Logistep has received a ban from practicing as a lawyer for six months. Elizabeth Martin sent inappropriately aggressive and deliberately false and misleading letters to thousands of alleged...

French President wants Internet Tax

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Never slow to burnish his reputation as an iconoclast, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed funding France's state-owned television stations by taxing an activity economists and communications experts have come to consider almost sancrosanct: the...

French Watchdog Takes EBay to Court

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The French regulatory authority, called the Council of Sales, said Monday that eBay's French site should be held to the same standards as other auction houses in France -- which must acquire a special permit...

Hacker Steals French Presidential Candidate Data

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As the French presidential race came into full swing, a hacker stole sensitive data (including a list of the Jean-Marie Le Pen's backers) stored in the National Front party headquarters' database, according to police reports....

French MPs dump Windows for Linux

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Starting June 2007, PCs in French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. The project, backed by MPs Richard Cazenav and Bernard Carayon of the UMP party,...

Apple gets French support in music compatibility case

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The French constitutional council, the country's highest judicial body, has declared major aspects of the so-called iPod law unconstitutional, undermining some controversial aspects of the legislation. Released late Thursday, the council's 12-page legal finding made...

French Law Affects Copyright, DRM

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With a show of hands, French lawmakers approved a new copyright law on Friday, in a move that could have profound consequences for online music stores, open-source programmers, desktop Linux users, and peer-to-peer file sharers....

French Minister Backs New Law

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The French Minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has said the French government will move forward with a law that would render Apple's iTunes Music Store an illegal entity. The Minister said all music...

Apple FairPlay DRM Safe From French Legislation

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As reported earlier this week, French legislatures tried to get a bill passed forcing interoperability between all digital DRM systems such as those used in purchases from the Windows Media Player music store as well...

French Ban DRM on DVDs

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A French court has ruled that DRM softwre preventing DVDs from being copied is illegal. A court of appeal decided that the use of the software banned owners from making copies of the products they...

Star Wolves French demo

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A French playable demo of Star Wolves is now available, offering the first chance to try out this 3D space-combat role-playing game by Russian developer Xbow Software that's already been released in their home country....

French Group Seeks Royalties on IPod

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A French association representing recorded music rights holders threatened Wednesday to take Apple Computer Inc. to court in a dispute over lost music royalties. The argument centers on a fee levied in France on sales...

French gov't agency sues Chi Mei over LCD patents

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French government agency for atomic energy has filed a patent lawsuit over flat-screen displays against Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. , Taiwan's second-largest maker of computer display screens, according to court documents made public Tuesday. ...

Yahoo not bound by French Nazi ban

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A U.S. federal judge ruled Wednesday that Yahoo was not bound to comply with French laws governing Internet content, a decision which could have broad implications for international free speech rights in the Internet age....

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