Clones, avatars, lobbies and misunderstandings: the DADVSI law

As the French government began debating what was to become law 2066-961 of 1 August 2006 on copyright and associated rights in an information society (known as DADVSI), fifteen associations representing archivists, librarians, and document managers began working together under the umbrella organisation Interassocation Archives Bibliothèques Documentation (IABD) to lobby members of parliament to take account of their position. The article looks back at the debates and the relative influence of the voices represented, and analyses the frequently difficult conditions in which the law has been applied, particularly in terms of one of the major issues facing libraries today: implementing digitisation policies.