Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Mar 2006 22:51 UTC
Legal French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill Tuesday that would require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind its market-leading iTunes music store and iPod players. The draft law - which also sets new penalties for music pirates - would force Apple, Sony, and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players. An analyst expects that Apple is more likely to leave the French market, than to open its format in France. My take: Just buy CDs. They play in every CD player, and have no weird restrictions. In case you forgot, CDs look like this.
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And punishing the successful ones is good "regulating"?

It's not a matter of punishing. We're not talking about justice, or morals, or anything like that. The point is, there's a free market, and the state has to put some regulation so that it remains a free market. This is not at all specific to France, the same thing could happen in any capitalistic country.

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