Friday, June 23, 2006

French lawmakers approve watered down bill against Apple's iTunes

French lawmakers passed a contraversial bill which threatened to dismantle Apple's grip on the French digital music market. But the bill approved has been watered down enough that Apple's iTunes should be able to continue operating in France without decoupling from its iPod only stance.

Now the bill gives Apple and its rivals a "get out of jail free card": While interoperability is still mandated, it doesn't have to be enforced if the online song shops have the permission of the rights holders - musicians and record labels, for example - to use DRM.

The French are almost being sensible and the bill now just a big fat waste of everyone's time. At least Apple may not leave the French market, but goodness knows what this amended bill achieves other than consuming a few more rainforests worth of paper!

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