France to Force Apple to Open iTunes?

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France s legislature wants to pass a law that would allow consumers to convert digital music from one format to another. That seems awfully nice of them, but it puts Apple in a bit of a bind since it would require that they open up their proprietary iTunes software to their software rivals. Don t expect Apple to cave in to the French s demands, though, as all signs point to them pulling their iTunes music store out of France if the law passes. The proposed law, which also decriminalizes cracking DRM if the purpose is to convert from one format to another, is to be voted by the legislature on Thursday.

French look to open iTunes to other music players [C|Net News.com] via French tell Apple to open iTunes [The Inquirer]

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