France - personal file sharing is okay

The French courts have made a provisional ruling that peer-to-peer file sharing is okay, providing that (a) it's for personal use and (b) users are prepared to pay a local tax of around five euros a month.

According to The Register, the courts decided on making personal file sharing legal last December, but the details of the decision has only just been made public.

We've been here before, of course. As I reported last year, the French government quietly voted in favour of making Internet file sharing legal, but, as soon as the vote was reported by the media, the decision was reversed a tad quickly.

I suspect the same will happen with this latest round of French court decisions. Hold the front page...