France says non to digital file sharing

In a complete u-turn on previous votes, the French parliament has voted against the introduction of a cover-all personal licence for sharing digital media files.

As reported earlier, the parliament had originally voted for such a measure (in the middle of the night with few parliamentarians in attendance, it has to be noted), which caused several member of the government to quietly freak out.

The French parliament - apparently under strong pressure from the government (fx: surprise, surprise -Ed) has now voted down the measure, which, quite frankly, had little chance of becoming law anyway.

As Andrew Orlowski over on The Register notes, "the consequences of the French vote (going through) would have been dramatic and far-reaching."

Ironically, the IT security industry has lost out by the measure being struck down, since, had it become law, then a sophisticated download and peer-to-peer file transfer counting mechanism would have had to be developed for the French marketplace, as well as the digital rights management technology that everyone and their granny seems to have developed to date...