Monday, July 03, 2006

French Law Affects Copyright, DRM

French Law Affects Copyright, DRM
by PETER SAYER, IDG News Service
PC World, publication date: 30 June 2006
"Companies that use digital rights management technologies to protect music downloads will be required to provide information about their technology to competitors wishing to create interoperable systems. This would mean that Apple Computer, for example, may have to relinquish its tight control of the FairPlay DRM technology it uses to tie songs downloaded from iTunes Music Store to its iTunes jukebox software and iPod music player.

So far, Apple has licensed the technology only to Motorola for use on a small number of cell phones. Vendors that use DRM do have one way around the law: they can sell songs for proprietary systems as long as the owner of the copyright holders agree."

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