A partially enacted French proposal to force private companies to share their online music technology is wrinkling a great many eyebrows at Apple:
Apple has sold more than a billion songs worldwide since launching the online service in 2003. But its songs are playable only on the ubiquitous iPod portable music player. Should the draft law ultimately be enacted and enforced, it could force Apple to make iTunes tracks available on other brands of players as well.
Apple is clearly the leader in the digital music business. But other companies including Sony and Microsoft could feel the effects of the French law as well. All three use proprietary technology for digital rights management, the protection of content against unlawful copying.
I’m not sure how I stand about this one. Enlighten me.