Norway Drops Complaint Against Apple Now That Apple Dropped DRM In iTunes

from the no-problem-with-movies-then? dept

We never quite understood Norway's legal attack on Apple for its use of DRM in iTunes. Sure, using DRM was annoying and bad, but users had the choice to buy from iTunes or not, and it didn't make any sense for a government to get involved. That said, it's nice to see the government now drop the complaints after Apple announced it was dropping DRM on music files in iTunes. Still, if Norway is so upset about DRM, why isn't it still pissed off about Apple using DRM in many other areas?
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Filed Under: drm, itunes, norway, open
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    Brad, 5 Feb 2009 @ 4:40pm

    DRM was at issue due to retail license

    As I recall, the problem wasn't that Apple used DRM, it was that (like may other industries in Norway) you're not allowed to use your position in one industry to cut competition in another.

    For example, you can't be the only company in a town that sells gas, and refuse to sell anyone gas if they don't own a Fiat, and then direct them to the local Fiat dealer which you also own.

    The license to operate as a Music retailer required them to make music available for comparable devices. Clearly the DRM was technologically optional, not required for players to work. With the DRM being used to lock out other vendors of MP3 players, and as the only distributor of digital music, they were violating the terms of their license.

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