France shows law-makers how not to intervene in technology issues

May 2006

by Professor Michael Geist .

In our second link to articles by Professor Michael Geist, here Professor Giest examines the recent legislative moves in France to ensure there is interoperability between digital products – in effect Apple will have to open up its technology and software to allow competitors make compatible devices: Because of this iTunes have threatened to pull out of the French market because of a law promoting ‘state sponsored piracy’. Geist argues that the “intersection between law and technology is particularly challenging when legislators seek to regulate or tinker with technology. Businesses may fear overregulation and a global rush to match the French parliament’s recent foray into mandated compatibility, but a sound policy designed to protect competition and consumer rights is in everyone’s best interests

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