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France: ARMT was useless

14 January, 2009

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

At the end of December 2008 it was publicly presented the first yearly report of the French Authority for Regulations of the DRMs (Autorité de régulation des mesures techniques - ARMT) that should have ensured the interoperability of the DRM systems and allow the private copies.

This could be very well the last report, since the new law on Internet and Creation, could create a new authority (HADOPI - Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet) that will take the place of the old one and will have a different scope: to issue warnings and potentially cutting Internet subscriptions in cases of copyright infringement.

ARMT report admitted that, in 20 months of activity, it didn't take any decision on interoperability or on copyright exceptions. The authority claimed that the main problem was that nobody send them a specific request. It also acknowledged the fact that the DRM issues have decrease in importance, especially in the music sector, with the new DRM-free music available on the market.

The authority has accepted that the DRMs have been an obstacle " to the legal music offers" that were in direct competition with the p2p networks, where the same content is available without DRM.

However, the Authority does not want to admit that DRM is dead and it explains that this might be case only in the musical sector. It also claims that the DRM play a "major role" in the movie industry and considers that giving up DRMs on the online video services is not an option today.

The ARMT's report also observes that the penal measures to protect the DRMs were never used in the French courts in the past 2 years, since the DADVSI law is in force.

As expected, the ARMT considers that its life was very useful, contributing in preparing "the field for a more ambitious strategy for public powers", namely the 3-strikes procedure.

If remains to be seen if the new Hadopi law will be voted by the second chamber of the French Parliament and if the new Authority, estimated to have budget close to 7 million Euro, will have better results.

ARMT finds its futility before becoming HADOPI (only in French, 18.12.2008)

ARMT annual report 2008 (only in French, 18.12.2008)

Albanel views that DRM withdrawal must lead to the graduated response (only in French, 9.01.2009)

EDRi-gram: France establishes the DRM-regulation authority (12.04.2007)

EDRi-gram: One more step for France in adopting the graduated response (5.11.2008)



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