Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

iTunes User Sues Apple For Only Letting Music Play On The iPod

from the interesting-legal-questions... dept

Well, this should be interesting. An "unhappy" iTunes user is now suing Apple for antitrust violations, claiming that they broke antitrust laws by only allowing their music to play on iPods -- blocking out other music players from the market. It's unlikely that he'll win the lawsuit, and honestly, it sounds more like a setup by an Apple competitor than just some individual who feels wronged. The guy in question says he was "forced" to buy an iPod in order to make use of the music he bought on iTunes, but the courts will likely point out that he could have gone to a competing online music store. Of course, what this really highlights is how some of these copy protection issues are building fragmented worlds. How would people react if the CDs they bought at Tower Records could only play on Tower-branded radios? Thanks to the way the industry views intellectual property online, the end result is a lot of competing separate worlds, which actively discourages use.

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  1. identicon
    Tim, Jan 6th, 2005 @ 7:29am

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    Why doesn't he sue everyone else who makes an mp3 or ogg player for not striking a deal with Apple to co-operate? Takes two to tango, after all.

    And: line-out, line-in, no more problem.

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    Chomper, Jan 6th, 2005 @ 9:38am

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    or maybe this just shows how dumb some people are.

    People are so damn lazy today.

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