Feeds

French plans to regulate iTunes may soften

Interoperability amendment

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The French Senate appears to be softening plans that would have forced Apple and others offering copy-protected music downloads to open up their services so that music can be made interoperable with other music players, Associated Press reports.

Apple has always refused to share its digital rights management (DRM) software, known as FairPlay. Music downloaded from Apple iTunes will only play on a computer or an Apple iPod. It will not play on a rival portable music player. Microsoft and Sony do the same with their proprietary formats.

The French National Assembly approved a copyright bill in March which would make the separate systems interoperable with each other, by forcing the firms to make their DRM software available for scrutiny by competitors.

The lawmakers' motive was greater competition and consumer choice. But Apple called it "state-sponsored piracy", fearing it would reduce the effectiveness of copy-protection systems and of copyright itself.

Associated Press reports today that an amendment has been proposed by the Senate Cultural Affairs Committee that would allow Apple to maintain the exclusive link between iTunes and the iPod. But it appears that Apple would need to negotiate authorisation from record labels and artists to circumvent the requirement for interoperability in future downloads of their music.

Copyright © 2006, OUT-LAW.com

OUT-LAW.COM is part of international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.