According to a report on the Red Herring Web site, France’s National Assembly voted last night and approved a maximum fine of about €40 for those who illegally download music or other files, notes Macworld UK. The vote though is much tougher in other areas — “…the assembly also voted the maximum penalties—three years of jail and a fine of €300,000—to those who distribute software that enables consumers to get around copy restrictions put in place by DVD and CD manufacturers,” reports Red Herring. “Another proposal to require manufacturers of proprietary data formats, such as Apple’s AAC format for iTunes files, to make them interoperable with other systems, came under discussion but has not yet been included as a proposal.”