Norway Declares iTunes DRM Illegal
Kudos to the Norwegians on taking a stand against DRM. They’ve just declared iTunes illegal because of it.
In a bold move against iTunesâ€™ DRM, called Fairplay, the Norwegian Consumer Council has deemed it illegal in Norway, with France and Germany possibly following suit.
Norway isnâ€™t happy with Appleâ€™s DRM technology that restricts play of files downloaded from its iTunes Store to only iPods [when away from the computer]. Because other portable players are not allowed to play the files, Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman BjÃ¸rn Erik Thon has declared Appleâ€™s Fairplay technology is anything but.
â€œI understand that a company feels the need to protect its products from piracy,â€ said Thon in 2006. â€œHowever, this should not negatively affect customers who through lawful means have obtained downloaded files. Today, iTunesÂ´ use of DRM technology renders the customers without rights in dealing with a company which on a whim can dictate what kind of access customers will have to products they have already paid for.â€
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