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Date: 2005-12-07 (07:54)
From: David MENTRE <david.mentre@g...>
Subject: Impact of French DADVSI law on Free Software and OCaml (was: Re: [Caml-list] Slashdot)

2005/12/3, Jacques Garrigue <>:
> Classical slashdot(?): this is just a misquote, as the department of
> culture hasn't done more than to host a press conference by
> SACEM, SNEP and SCPP, which are the equivalents of RIAA and MPAA.

Well, as many people, I had a feeling of FUD about this DADVSI law
project until a read following paragraph:
Article 21

Le deuxième alinéa de l'article 1er de la loi n° 92-546 du 20 juin
1992 relative au dépôt légal est remplacé par les deux alinéas
suivants :

« Les logiciels et les bases de données sont soumis à l'obligation de
dépôt légal dès lors qu'ils sont mis à disposition d'un public par la
diffusion d'un support matériel quelle que soit la nature de ce

« Sont également soumis au dépôt légal les signes, signaux, écrits,
images, sons ou messages de toute nature faisant l'objet d'une
communication publique en ligne. »

In English, it means that *any* software, *any* database and *any*
sound, image, etc. should be legally registred to the French State
(/dépôt légal/) as soon as it is made available to the public. I'm not
a lawyer so I might have missed something but, if this is true, (1) it
is utterly stupid and (2) it could impact the development of Free
Software in France. Should Xavier Leroy et al. registred OCaml each
time a new release is made? Should we declare all the images on the
OCaml web site? Should the OCaml bug database be registred?

Personally,  I'm worried.