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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