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June 22, 2006

French Water Down DRM Sharing Legislation

Members of the French legislature agreed on new text that softens the requirements that Apple and other online music ventures share their DRM schemes so as  to uncouple their hardware and music stores.  The greatest effect will be on Apple with the their huge market for iTunes and the iPod.  The bill passed by the National Assembly last March would have required interoperability.  The new law allows the copyright holder to make the decision.  That means Apple can enter into new contracts with the labels that protect the iTunes/iPod exclusivity.  Reports indicate Apple still isn't satisfied with the law.  What if a copyright holder balked at the idea?  Mon dieu!  All it takes is one.

Stories appear in the Washington Post and Business Week Online.

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