French lawmakers approve iTunes law

Posted on Saturday, Jul 01 2006 @ 00:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
French lawmakers gave final approval to a government-backed legislation that could force Apple to make its iPod and iTunes online music store compatible with offerings from competitors.
Both the Senate and the National Assembly, France's lower house, voted in favor of the copyright bill, which some analysts said could cause Apple to close iTunes France and pull its market-leading player from the country's shelves.

Currently, songs bought on iTunes can be played only on iPods, and an iPod can't play downloads from other stores that rival the extensive iTunes music catalog from major artists and labels -- like Sony Corp.'s Connect and Napster.
More details over at Business Week.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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