France waters down iTunes bill

France waters down iTunes bill French lawmakers have agreed a watered-down version of controversial copyright proposals that threatened Apple’s iTunes Music Store. In its original form the bill demanded that Apple and other online music retailers sell music in a format that is also compatible with music players from other manufacturers. Apple threatened to withdraw its iTunes service from France as a result. France is trying to ensure that consumers have the freedom to play music they have legally acquired with any device. They are not happy that iTunes purchases will only play on iPods. The new law leaves...

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