August 1, 2006

Scandinavian Copyright Concerns With Apple iTunes [2:11 pm]

With a little news on the French front, as well: Apple meets Scandinavia’s reply deadline - pdf

Apple Computer Inc. met a Tuesday deadline to respond to Scandinavian regulatory claims that Apple is violating their laws by making its market-leading iPod the only compatible portable player for iTunes downloads.

[...] The Scandinavian troubles for iTunes come as the French Parliament in June passed a hotly debated law on Internet copyright that could force Apple to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings.

A French court last week threw out some measures of the law, though appearing to leave the thrust of it intact.

It is now up to French President Jacques Chirac whether to sign it with the court’s changes or send it back to parliament.

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