That’s right, illegal. Starting today, December 31st, reading a DVD with Open Source Software (OSS) in France will be illegal.
Starting tomorrow December 31st 2006, reading a DVD protected with CSS (as most DVD are) is illegal in France when it is done with a software allowing to circumvent the protection, such as VLC or mplayer which can both use the libdvdcss library. Todayâ€™s Journal Officiel (where laws and executive orders are published) says that you may be fined 135â‚¬ (around $180) for doing so. This includes watching any DVD that you have legally purchased.
What a way to start the new year for 2007. View the PDF outlining the documentation concerning the new rules surrounding OSS, video decryption, and personal rights. I don’t know about anyone else, but this new rule is, well… Ridiculous.