Apple says it would be “state-sponsored piracy” if a proposed French law making its way thrugh parliament becomes actual law. Apple argues that interoperability precludes security. From the Apple statement following yesterday’s passage by the National Assembly: “If this happens, legal music sales will plummet just when legitimate alternatives to piracy are winning over customers. … iPod sales will likely increase as users freely load their iPods with ‘
‘interoperable’ music which cannot be adequately protected. Free movies for iPods should not be far behind in what will rapidly become a state-sponsored culture of piracy.
Update: Leander Kahney does a good job of explaining why the French move isn’t about Apple — and why it is: “French legislators aren’t just looking at Apple. They’re looking ahead to a time when most entertainment is online, a shift with profound consequences for consumers and culture in general. French lawmakers want to protect the consumer from one or two companies holding the keys to all of its culture, just as Microsoft holds the keys to today’s desktop computers.”
The vote is scheduled for early May.
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