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EU: Apple yet to answer antitrust claims

updated 01:25 pm EDT, Fri June 1, 2007

EU and Apple clash

Apple has yet to respond to antitrust allegations that are the result of an inquiry launched April 3rd, according to European Commission officials. Central to the issue is a concern over restrictions that disallow customers of the iTunes Music Store to purchase tracks meant for a country other than the one from which they are connecting to the Internet, causing price differentials between intra-eurozone and extra-eurozone. The European Commission's deadline for a response from Apple is midnight on Monday, June 4th -- two months after the start of the investigation.

Two areas left out of the EU officials' statement on Apple's lack of a response involve DRM concerns and any suggestion that Apple holds an unfair dominant market position.

In a statement to issued at the start of the investigation, Apple officials denied that anything was done in violation of EU law, and claims to have desired a pan-European iTunes store, but was advised by record labels that this would conflict legally with copyrights.




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  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Give it a break EU

    Come on, lay off Apple. There's bigger fish to fry. They are making very positive steps with this whole DRM issue and allow them to be a dominant player in at least ONE market. Good grief.

    I might add, Apple is dominant due to the quality and desire of the product, NOT because companies and individuals are locked-in like the way Microsoft dominates!!

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmm...

    I think I read that wrong... Is the article saying the EU is not commenting about DRM and iTunes being a dominant player?

    In that case, hopefully they'll continue to be quiet. ;-)

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't think they get it

    These limitations exist because of licensing issues. It is beyond the control of Apple to deal with it. The EU should take it up with the music industry or shut the h*** up.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: I don't think...

    They get it. They also know there's is absolutely no reason for Apple's DRM to be limited to just Apple, except for Apple's own bottom-line. It easily could be licensed to be used by other players, and they would be happy. Apple wouldn't, though, because they would then have actual competition for the ipod.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bottom line?

    like that's a bad thing? actual competition? smurfman has it right, the ipod is where it is because of choice. windows is where it is because of antitrust and a lack of knowledgeable consumers. thousands of thousands of web sites exist where you need a ms product to fully use it, whether it be ie or windows media player. there is absolutely no reason why this has to be except for the fact that ms does not and will not play with others so they make their stuff proprietary. for what? well, their bottom line...

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