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Proposed French law seeks to open iTunes tracks to all MP3 players

Proposed French law seeks to open iTunes tracks to all MP3 players

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Reuters is reporting that the French parliament will be voting Thursday on a proposed law that will force music stores to offer tracks that work on any MP3 player. If passed, the law would make it legal to use DRM-cracking software to make songs, such as those purchased from iTunes (which work only with iPods), compatible with any player. This would apply to any DRM file, including WMA and ATRAC3. According to the article, the draft law also looks to fine 38 euros to those who illegally download copyrighted material and 150 euros to those who share illegally downloaded content with others.

The French are looking to fight piracy and help stimulate online music sales by offering consumers universal compatibility, but it seems that these measures are a bit extreme. Will Apple and others comply in order to have a presence in the market? What do you think?
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