Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I guess the French didn't like having the most popular legal music downloading service ...

As reported by MacMinute:

France OKs bill opening iTunes, iPod

[The House Representative equivalent] of French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill today that would require Apple to open the proprietary format behind its iTunes music store and iPod players. "The draft law ... would force Apple Computer Inc., Sony Corp. and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players,". French lawmakers approved the bill 296-193. The Senate must now debate and vote on the new legislation, which is expected to begin in May.

Apple has declined comment on ... rumors that the company may pull out of the French online music market altogether. "Under the bill, companies would be required to reveal the secrets of hitherto-exclusive copy-protection technologies such as Apple's FairPlay format and the ATRAC3 code used by Sony's Connect store and Walkman players,"

Here's what would happen... Creative, Napster, and Real would make new headquarters in France. Legally (under French law) disseminate the iTunes DRM and distribute songs worldwide.

Apple should just pull out of the French market.

As I have stated before ... this is honestly an issue of international law that should be looked at with serious United Nations scrutiny. It wreaks of "Payola" or conspiracy in my opinion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Found on MacMinute this morning:

Apple has responded to the French National Assembly's decision to pass an online copyright bill that would require Apple to open the proprietary format behind its iTunes music store and iPod players, reports Reuters. "The French implementation of the EU Copyright Directive will result in state-sponsored piracy," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris in the story. "If this happens, legal music sales will plummet just when legitimate alternatives to piracy are winning over customers." She goes on to say: "iPod sales will likely increase as users freely upload their iPods with 'interoperable' music which cannot be adequately protected," Kerris said. "Free movies for iPods should not be far behind."