European nations fight with Apple over DRM

The Norwegian ombudsman has sided with a consumer council and a group of European nations that are fighting for Apple to change its Fairplay digital-rights-management (DRM) software that stops downloaded songs from iTunes from being played on competing mp3 players. The Norwegian ombudsman said that Apple’s iTunes service unfairly locks in consumers.

The fight which started in June last year includes European nations such as Germany, the Netherlands and France. Should Apple not open up its iTunes to other players they are threatening fines and total bans from operating in their countries.

In a statement from Torgeir Andrew Waterhouse, senior adviser to the The Norwegian Consumer Council he said “It doesn’t get any clearer than this, [Apple's] Fairplay [DRM] is an illegal lock-in technology which main purpose is to lock the consumers to the total package provided by Apple and iTunes Music Store by technically blocking interoperability.”

The iTunes Music Store is currently selling 5 million songs a day.

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