French Government tells Apple to unlock iTunes content

By Justin Mann on June 30, 2006, 6:10 PM
Apple has received criticism from many areas about the type of DRM they use with iTunes, which they make compatible only with the iPod. They've also made it impossible for the casual user to play content from competing stores on the iPod. While it's easy to see this as elitist or just plain bad business, very few people have done anything about it. The Government of France has taken steps to curbing Apple's lock-out policy, and have recently passed a law requiring Apple to open up ITunes to other products:

Both the Senate and the National Assembly, France's lower house, voted in favor of the copyright bill, which some analysts said could cause Apple to close iTunes France and pull its market-leading player from the country's shelves.
It doesn't mean the end of the road for Apple's DRM, and in fact no one expects that to change. Apple is presented with a few choices, however. They may choose to change the deals they have with the arists, who still have a say in the matter, or they may choose to comply with the new France law. On the other hand, they may cease sales in France altogether – something that has been speculated by others. Apple probably does not want to abandon an entire country, but it is a possibility.

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DragonMaster said:
Go France! I wonder if they should do something like this with M$ software also. -> Allow more than one computer per Win licenses.
jerry-va said:
Germany is PC, France is Apple. Apple can't pull out of France. How primative our tech still is, huh? Either lock it up totally in iPod or share openly. Many of us would like to pay a penny TO THE ARTIST with each open copy. But -- no micropayment. No identity contol for painless background micropayment without cumbersome session logons. Of course, global micropayments to artists kills the recording industry as now structured. So maybe the problem isn't technology afterall . . .
Xavien said:
indeed, with the advent of the internet and p2p a series of events started. Events that will force the music publishers to change to support the consumer or die out completely.Personally i would love for the music publishers to crash and burn and see the rise of truely independant artists and publishers once again. Forthe music industry to go forward, the fat cats of the publishers must be toppled.
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