THE CHANGES THAT APPLE made to iTunes in 2006 were just fine, according to the US courts, which ruled that the fruity firm will not have to pay damages for something it did eight years ago.
Apple had been accused of tweaking iTunes in such a way that the competition was being locked out of a booming market. These companies complained and a legal case began.
The case, which resurrected Steve Jobs, or at least some of his views and his emails, has ended and has seen Apple crowned the winner.
Apple did not offer an official comment on the result when we approached the firm this morning. Apple does not usually comment on ongoing legal issues.
However, now that the case is over, and the firm, at least its legal and financial teams, should be feeling pretty good about themselves, perhaps they'll be more chatty.
The case against Apple and its FairPlay digital rights management system was raised after rivals like RealPlayer and Sendo baulked at changes that they felt parted them from a large part of the music download market.
The official word was that it "constitutes a significant restraint on the free circulation of creative works".
Apple dropped FairPlay in 2009 and removed the restrictions, but you know how these things go.
The case persisted and Apple faced down a challenge from retailers and consumers. Ultimately, according to reports, the jury supported Apple in its argument that the changes made to iTunes improved the consumer experience. µ
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