French lawmakers passed the online copyright
law, effectively forcing Apple to open the proprietary format in use for iTunes and the iPod. This would enable
rivals to create competing products. The vote was 296-193 in favor, and deliberations over the new legislation should
begin in May.
It will be very interesting indeed to see what happens here. As an aside to iTunes users in France: You may want to amp up your downloading between now and May, just in case Apple decides to pull the plug on iTMS France.