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FSF France: French Government Lobbied to Ban Free Software

Dec 05, 2005, 14:30 (12 Talkback[s])

"[On] Friday November 18th, 2005, French Department of Culture. SNEP and SCPP... told Free Software authors: 'You will be required to change your licenses.' SACEM add[ed]: 'You shall stop publishing free software,' and warn they are ready 'to sue free software authors who will keep on publishing source code' should the 'VU/SACEM/BSA/FA Contents Department' bill proposal pass in the Parliament.

"It appears that publishing Free Software giving access to culture is about to become a counterfeiting criminal offence. Will SACEM sue France Télécom R&D research labs for having published Maay and Solipsis (P2P pieces of software used to exchange data)..."

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