The French anti-piracy authority Hadopi recently published a report outlining possible measures to fight copyright infringement online that could see the organisation facing an overhaul. Others would rather it disappeared altogether.
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Anne Morris is a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has been working in the telecommunications sector since 1996, when she joined the London-based team of CommunicationsWeek International as copy editor. Over the years she held the editor position at both Total Telecom Online and Total Telecom Magazine, eventually leaving to go freelance in 2010. Now living in France, she writes for a number of titles and also provides research work for analyst companies, with a particular focus on mobile communications. In her spare time she translates business texts from German into English.
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In France Microsoft is facings its third tax reassessment in five years, according to a report.
Google may have struck a deal on the 'link tax’ with French publishers, but that hasn't bought it a free pass on calls to pay more tax in France.
As part of our series of articles examining the 4G LTE landscape across Europe, ZDNet takes a look at how France's fourth-generation services are measuring up.
After financing two initiatives designed to let the public sector store data in the cloud without fear of it being accessed by foreign governments, France's 'sovereign cloud' project is under attack.
Google and French publishers have finally reached an agreement: the search engine will contribute €60m to a fund designed to help them adjust to the digital age.
Mobile networks Orange and SFR have switched on 4G LTE services in one district of Paris each, with Orange aiming to cover the whole of the French capital by the end of this year.
Twitter will have to give away data that might help identify the authors of anti-Semitic or racist tweets, as well as roll out an easily accessible notification system for users to report illegal or hateful content under a ruling by a Paris court.
Negotiations between Google and French media companies seem to have ground to a halt, while a government enquiry has came up with a fresh idea: tax big online companies based on the user data they collect.
Were some expecting too much from a net neutrality roundtable organised by France's digital economy minister? Perhaps - but the lack of action and the promise of more discussion has clearly disappointed.
Should Twitter moderate discussions and trending topics according to local laws? Recent issues in France have sparked a serious debate.
French ISP Free has rolled out an update to firmware of the DSL modem it gives subscribers - bringing with it an ad blocker switched on by default. The move has sparked a wave of controversy, raising concerns about net neutrality and questions around the financing of internet infrastructure.
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