Monday, March 27, 2006

"France Discovers a Way to Fight Apple--Piracy"

Kevin Hassett at AEI:

"Last week, the French National Assembly approved a bill that would force online music vendors to make their music compatible with any music player. The law is a clear shot across the bow of Apple Computer Inc., the company whose iTunes software and iPod players have revolutionized the music industry.

The French, apparently unhappy that an innovative American company is so popular in France, have decided to engage in piracy. If real property rather than intellectual property were at stake, the French move would be considered an act of war.

...Imagine if someone built a resort so beautiful that vacationers swarmed to it, and the French passed a law requiring the resort owners to let French citizens stay at the resort for free. This ruling is essentially the same thing. The French are trying to rob an American company."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that that's the case at all. The intent of that law is to ensure that (French) consumers have a choice as which music player they buy and not being "locked in" to Apple's platform. Unfortunately the law doesn't prescribe (as far as I know) that alternate offerings (platforms) should at a minimum have some form of DRM, hence Apple's claim that this amounts to state sponsored piracy.
Both viewpoint have their merit...

10:11 AM  
Blogger Bill Millan said...

Apple offers a service to their music platform buyers. They don't want to offer it to others. That's their business. Forcing them to offer it to others is piracy. Or, as I prefer to think of it, Fascist.

4:45 PM  

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