France puts parts of DRM bill to rest

By Justin Mann on May 12, 2006, 10:59 AM
In a strike against those who vouch for absolute freedom of data, the government of France has rescinded parts of a bill that would have forced digital media companies, such as Apple, to make their provided content more "portable". An example is iTunes, in which Apple would be required to make music purchased through ITMS be playable on all media players, not just an iPod. That won't be happening now, for better or for worse. For the most part, it seems that this discourages interoperability, which is a hot button issue, with companies like Apple and Microsoft at the top of the list. This all goes back to ownership, and whether or not people truly do "own" the digital content they purchase.




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