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LinuxWorld Australia: French Bill May Drive Away Open-Source Developers

Mar 16, 2006, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"French Deputy Frederic Dutoit accused the government on Wednesday night of 'signing the death warrant for open-source software' in France, as the debate in the National Assembly over a new copyright bill lurched towards a conclusion.

"At issue was an amendment to the bill that tacked on a three-year prison sentence and a fine of Euro 300,000 (US$360,000) for publishing, distributing or inciting people to use software 'manifestly intended to make protected works available to unauthorized persons...'"

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