on a new copyright law in France.
"The French law on authors' rights orders the creation of a new regulatory authority to ensure companies using DRM respond to requests for interoperability information. DRM technology developers may prevent publication of source code based on the information they disclose if they can show that it hurts their system's security.
That's bad news for programmers wanting to distribute alternatives under an open-source licence, said noted free software campaigner Richard Stallman.
"If they are allowed to provide such information under NDA, then it would not be possible to develop free software using the information," since the NDA - or nondisclosure agreement - would forbid publication of the source code, Stallman said at a conference in Paris on Monday.
(Thanks to Max Hyre.)
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