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News   - 05/13/2006

France amends bill amid opposition from Apple

The French Senate has made changes to a controversial copyright bill that threatens Apple's grip on the online music market by making it open its iTunes store to portable music players other than Apple iPods.

Senators introduced amendments late on Wednesday to assuage fears of companies such as Apple which have claimed the new legislation would result in "state-sponsored piracy."

The draft law, passed by the French lower house in March, requires that online retailers, including Apple's market-leading iTunes, provide access to the software codes that protect copyrighted material -- known as digital rights management -- to allow the conversion from one format to another.

Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News    
 
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