E-book price-fixing law passed in France

E-book price-fixing law passed in France

The French National Assembly yesterday (17th May) voted into law a bill allowing publishers to fix prices of all e-books sold in France.

The text says that retailers inside or outside France must respect the fixed prices. This cross-border clause was the main stumbling block to the legislation, as it contravenes European law.

It is expected to lead to a clash with the European Commission and could end up before the European Court of Justice.