Wednesday, March 15, 2006

France Seeking to Open iTunes to Other Devices

Paris - According to Reuters, France is on the verge of passing a new law that would force Apple Computer to allow consumers using its iTunes online music store to download songs to devices other than iPods. The law, on which Parliament will vote later this week, would essentially allow consumers to use software that converts digital content into any format, thereby allowing users to crack digital rights management codes legally. "It will force some proprietary systems to be opened up," Christian Vanneste, a senior parliamentarian, told Reuters. "You have to be able to download content and play it on any device." So far, Apple has declined to comment on the report.

Bruce's Comment: The WSJ ran this article last weekend. They claimed Apple said they would disconnect iTunes in France if such a law were passed. My view: merchants ought to be free to distribute their wares in whatever format they want. The market will make clear what's acceptable and popular. The French need to learn the difference between democracy and capitalism.


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