Regulation Begets Regulation
by TIM LEE
Technology Liberation Front, publication date: 9 June 2006
"But I can’t say I’m shocked at their concern. The DMCA (and in Europe, the EUCD) have had the unintended consequence of giving Apple a monopoly on iTunes-compatible MP3 players. And so it’s not crazy for them to be looking into ways to remedy the problem.
But the right way to deal with the problem is to repeal the law that caused the problem in the first place, not to add another layer of regulations on top. Because those regulations, too, will have unintended consequences. If you repeal the DMCA and the EUCD, makers of competing MP3 players will reverse-engineer FairPlay and add the capability to play iTunes songs."