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Thursday, March 23, 2006


Apple: A Bas La France!

So Apple is pitching a hissy fit over the possibility that France might force it to open iTunes.

Let me explain what the proposed French law would do: It would simply require that, if you download a DRMed music file, you be able to play it on whatever MP3 player you want. It would require that you be allowed to use what you paid for. What’s wrong with that? Artists would still get their cut, it’s just that consumers would not be able to be locked in to a specific company’s products. Frankly, I wish the United States would consider similar legislation. Proprietary DRM systems may be good for Fortune 500 companies, but they are no good for artists, or consumers.

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