View Full Version : OT (not really): Apple iTunes Facing Legal Pressure in Europe

2006-06-10, 20:49
Could this possibly mean that Slim Devices and other American companies could benefit from the outcome? We shall see... all I care about is being able to play iTune's purchased tracks on my Squeezebox!


2006-06-11, 00:50
According to Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2006/06/07/norway-reads-itunes-music-store-eula-hires-angry-lawyers/):

Of interest, however, is that the initial complaint also wanted to force Apple to open their FairPlay DRM like the French (and Danes) before them. However, that complaint was apparently ignored without comment by Norway's Consumer Ombudsman

Looks like the DRM part has been dropped, it's just the licensing agreement that is under scrutiny. I think this will become a bigger issue over the next year or so as people start to get more aware of DRM and what they can do with the music they *think* they have purchased.

2006-06-11, 01:49
Earlier this year the Consumer Council of Norway asked the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway to rule that Apple's DRM violates the Norwegian Copyright Act because it hinders users from playing music that they buy on the music player of their choice. "We consider this not to be what Apple claims which is to restrict illegal copying but that it's used as a tool to lock the consumer to Apple's product," said Torgeir Waterhouse, a senior advisor on the Consumer Council.

He said that while the Ombudsman agreed with the consumer council's complaint, it also recognized that a change to Apple's DRM policy constitutes a major change in the company's business model. Therefore, this week, the Ombudsman asked Apple to reply by June 21 and offer its view on its DRM policy before the Ombudsman makes a formal ruling on the issue.


You'll find the original complaint here : http://forbrukerportalen.no/Artikler/2006/1149587055.44

The complaint covers the norwegian territories (and the other scandinavian countries that have joined in) so initially the rulings will only benefit the norwegian consumers. Of course the complaint and rulings very well could inspire similar actions elsewhere...