French showbiz furor over vote to legalize file-sharing

A &to=' target=_blank>French government crackdown on digital piracy backfired Thursday as rebel conservative lawmakers endorsed amendments to legalize the online sharing of music and film instead of punishing it.

The vote by members of France's lower house dealt a setback to Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, who introduced the draft legislation. But it also unleashed a chorus of protests from showbiz and cultural celebrities in a sign that the amendments' supporters may eventually be forced to back down.

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