Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Norway declares iTunes Illegal

In a bold move against iTunes’ DRM, called Fairplay, the Norwegian Consumer Council has deemed it illegal in Norway, with France and Germany possibly following suit.

Norway isn’t happy with Apple’s DRM technology that restricts play of files downloaded from it’s iTunes Store to only iPods [when away from the computer]. Because other portable players are not allowed to play the files, Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjørn Erik Thon has declared Apple’s Fairplay technology is anything but.

But will this really do anything? With only 4.6 million citizens (.07% of the world population) and a declining birth rate will Apple really see this as a threat?

In the past, France decided to ban the Apple DRM and Apple pulled out of the country.

Does this really matter or is this the beginning of an European backlash against DRM?



Sami said...

I don't really have anything substantial to add to this post, I just found it fascinating and am wondering why DRM issues seem to be so much more a concern of the public in European countries; whereas the US public and government appear apathetic or inclined to assume tech companies know what they're doing and leave it at that.

Julianne said...

Maybe the US is greedier? More capitalist-market-driven? Also, I think that the MPAA and RIAA are much more powerful here than their equivalents in other countries (in fact, they often make demands on other countries!).

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