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Apple\'s closed DRM does not violate European laws

updated 09:15 am EDT, Fri October 8, 2004

\'FairPlay\' in Europe?

Apple's refusal to license its FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) software does not violate European antitrust laws, according to an : "The article acknowledges the interoperability problem and that European competition laws could require technology platforms to be more open. But it concludes that it is 'unlikely' that Article 82 (which prohibits market abuse by businesses in a dominant position) could be used to implement compulsory licensing to progress simply from a 'less focused' form of competition (e.g. competition between the iTMS and suppliers of music content on CD format) to a 'more focused' form of competition (e.g. direct competition between the iTMS and other retailers offering content downloads to iPod users)."

by MacNN Staff




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