DADVSI Update: Vivendi Universal strikes back
There is good and bad news from France. Please read this article for the details.
Since the article was written, the proposal law has been voted on by the lower chamber, and will now go on to the second chamber.
The government canceled an amendment voted on in December that would have legalized P2P sharing, and adopted the so-called "Vivendi-Universal" amendment, that implements fines and prison terms for the publishing of software "obviously intended" to provide copyrighted works to the public without authorization. But there were some positive changes regarding DRM: DRM cannot prevent interoperability, and publication of source code for independent software that interoperates with a DRM system will be permitted.