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Denmark to follow France’s lead with DRM law?

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, March 27, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

Following France’s push for DRM interoperability, a report has surfaced that Denmark may be next in line to force Apple to open its FairPlay copy-protection technology used on the iTunes Music Store and iPod. Maersk and TDC, two large Denmark-based companies that run online music ventures, are reportedly speaking out in favor of such a law.

Henrik Olesen, product manager at Maersk’s Dansk Supermarked, told Danish-language Politiken.dk that interoperability is needed. “We would like to ask the politicians to follow the route they’re taking in France, so that it becomes as easy as possible for the consumers to purchase music legally. This will in the end mean larger gross sales for all music stores,” he said.

Gert Rieder, CEO of TDC, said that “We can only press for something like the French, because it gives the consumers as many opportunities to shop for music.” Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish Minister of Culture, said that the DRM legislation would be introduced in 2007.

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” I have to wonder why you insist on using an iPod instead of a solution that would allow you more flexibility.”

Because I love my iPod and I love Apple computers wink

Of course, I could buy a cheap PC with Windows and buy my music on Virgin/Fnac/MSN and use a crappy MP3 NONAME player…It would be a better solution as I could listen to my music on a lot of devices but I don’t like Windows.
Buying CDs and only listening to them in my DiscMan is also a solution. It’s so retro wink

The biggest problem for me is listening to my ITMS music on my living room amp. I used to have a Squeezebox which was really great for MP3/Lossless/AAC but with AAC Fairplay songs that’s not working. I have to buy a Airport Express which is don’t like because it doesn’t have a screen. That’s why I would like open DRM or licencable Fairplay DRM…

Apple Fairplay is not as restrictive as it could be, sure, but for me the problem is that it’s Apple only and it’s creating a monopoly.

For Audio CDs, they do import with some DVD burners but not all and according to the law, it may be illegal to rip them as the law doesn’t allow bypassing protection systems. DVD rip is illegal with the new DADVSI law also.

DRM is also a big problem because you don’t own your music anymore, you can’t sell it when you’re bored with it as you did with CD or DVD.

Posted by Steph on March 28, 2006 at 10:08 AM (PDT)

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Steph,
    Do you know how to Burn and Re-Rip? That would solve all your problems you stated in your post.

Posted by NSA247 on March 28, 2006 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

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Steph said:  “I love my iPod? … “I love Apple computers? … “I don’t like Windows? … “It’s so retro? … “Airport Express which [I] don’t like because it doesn’t have a screen? … “I would like open DRM or licensable Fairplay DRM? …

No offence intended, Steph, but most of your argument here seems to center around your desires (I’ll address your other points below).  Show me where in your country’s constitution is says something like, “All companies must strive to please Steph, whether that means making good business decisions or not?, and I’ll gladly concede this argument.  I can’t find anything like that in my country’s legislation.  Remember, this isn’t about whether or not any of us likes FairPlay, it’s about whether or not Apple should have the right to use FairPlay where and how they see fit.

Steph said:  “Apple Fairplay is not as restrictive as it could be, sure, but for me the problem is that it’s Apple only and it’s creating a monopoly.?

FairPlay, in and of itself, is not “creating a monopoly?.  The iTMS is becoming popular mostly because of its convenience and wide variety of music offered at a reasonable price.  It’s just a great system, and consumers are recognizing that.  But even still, as of last year (the most recent data I found) digital music sales (not just iTMS) only accounted for a measly 1.5% of record company profits.  How’s that a monopoly?  You yourself gave a few other ways you could legally get your music fix.

Steph said:  “DRM is also a big problem because you don’t own your music anymore, you can’t sell it when you’re bored with it as you did with CD or DVD.?

When have you ever owned “your? music?  Record labels have always retained the rights to the music.  What they sell you is permission to listen to the music with whatever restrictions they place on it.  DRM is one of those restrictions, be it on a CD or on an AAC file.  Since they own the music, they should have the right to decide how it’s used.

Posted by juicemouse on March 28, 2006 at 12:06 PM (PDT)

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I can’t imagine why anyone would every buy music from itunes.  I use allofmp3.

Posted by Kber45 on March 28, 2006 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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