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Denmark joins the war on Apple

Discontent spreads
Tue Mar 28 2006, 08:48
ANGER AND DISDAIN at the entertainment gear maker Apple's antics at locking up its iTunes has spread from France to Denmark.

The French have passed a bill through their lower house calling for Apple to open up its iTunes to allow its rivals to use the service and to ban DRM software throughout the land.

Now it seems that French dissatisfaction has spread to Denmark where similar laws have the backing of its government, Maersk and TDC. Maersk and TDC operate online music ventures and are two of the most powerful companies in Europe.

Denmark wants general DRM interoperability that would eliminate customer lock-in, similar to the laws in France.Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish Minister of Culture, said that legislation addressing the matter would be introduced in 2007.

Apple has claimed that the moves are state controlled piracy, however most people see the issue as competition and Apple wanting to keep its dominance over iTunes intact. More here. µ


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