French legalisation officials have passed a more lenient music DRM law designed to prevent one company - in this case Apple - from dominating the online music market.
The bill was approved by officials from both the Senate and the National Assembly, meaning that Apple will be forced to open up its digital rights management technology to other MP3 players.
Apple is not the only company affected by the bill - both Microsoft and Sony will be forced to open up their own DRM technologies. However, there is a loophole in the bill that enables Apple, Microsoft and Sony to continue to sell music with DRM protections in place.
If record labels and artists permit distributors like Apple to continue to distribute their music with DRM protections in place, distributors will be in the clear and can continue to operate in the same way. As a result of this, Apple will remain in the French music market in order to test the effectiveness of the loophole.
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