France's lawmakers will not force Apple and others to open up their digital rights management systems, a report claims.

Voting last night, the French Parliament decided it would prevent users legally cracking DRM systems, but passed a tariff of penalties for file-sharers that feature a maximum fine of €40 (about £28) for such crimes.

However, those who distribute software designed to circumvent copy protection are threatened by a new penalty - up to three years in jail and a €300,000 fine (about £200,000).

A proposal to force Apple and others to make their DRM systems interoperable was discussed but hasn't yet been passed.