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France creates regulator to oversee interoperability of digital music formats

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The French Government approved with some modifications the controversial Intellectual Property Law, which in recent months has agitated the different political colors with a parliamentary seat.

According to the text, companies that maintain music services online they will even have to provide code portions of their DRM software, in order to guarantee interoperability between formats, an intention that was already in the version approved in the lower house last March.

The novelty lies in the fact that it rewards companies that accept to provide this type of information through a fee licensing, which adds to ensuring that such information transfer will not weaken your copy protection measures.

To supervise information transfer processes and ensure that interoperability between formats is a reality, the Senate also approved the creation of an independent Authority for the Regulation of Technical Measures, advances Reuters.

The new regulatory authority will consist of six members, half of whom are magistrates and the rest of civil society, and will serve six-year terms. In addition to supervising the interoperability obligations of the services – which will allow you to listen to a music track purchased on iTunes on devices other than the iPod, for example – the authority will also have a mission to control the number of private copies.

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