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06DUBLIN1379 2006-12-01 17:25:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Dublin
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IRELAND PUZZLED BY FRENCH COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION

Tags:   ECON ETRD EIND EI 
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UNCLAS DUBLIN 001379

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STATE FOR USTR/CHRISTOPHER WILSON AND COMMERCE/ITA/TIMOTHY
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD EIND EI
SUBJECT: IRELAND PUZZLED BY FRENCH COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION

REF: STATE 160668

The Irish Government is puzzled by France's recently enacted
copyright legislation, which appears to place competition
concerns centering on interoperability above the protection
of intellectual property, according to Michael English,
Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment (DETE)
Intellectual Property Unit Principal Officer, to whom
Pol/Econ Chief delivered reftel demarche on November 30.
English cited the Irish view that a focus on competition
issues arising from the on-line delivery of music content had
muddied France's effort to implement the EU Copyright
Directive. He believed that the French legislation was not
in line with EU Directive's intent and that the UK,
Luxembourg, Cyprus, and Malta were of the same view within
the EU. English added that the Irish Government would take
special interest in the EU Commission's approach to the
French legislation.
FOLEY