Briefly Noted | Playing Catch-Up in E-Books – NYTimes.com
If European regulators do not like the agency model, it is hard to imagine that they could live with the proposed French law. In addition to allowing publishers to set retail prices, it would apply to any digital retailer operating in France, even Web sites based elsewhere in Europe. That, according to some publishing executives, sounds like a violation of E.U. e-commerce rules, which are intended to encourage cross-border business.
Working out these seeming contradictions could take years. In the meantime, the European e-book market may continue to lag behind.