Apple fights back the French law which passed the lower parliament voting this week, forcing digital content providers to share details of their rights management technologies with rivals.
If the bill passes the French senate as well, users in France could play music on any device, regardless of the company producing it. Some analysts considered this move as being one step ahead for promoting a free market. On the other hand, Apple sees it as a legal way of promoting piracy.
As Apple dominates the market with its iPod device which can play music downloaded form iTunes only, the company clearly stated that it cannot imagine allowing its protected tunes to run on other devices like Microsoft’s or Sony’s. The company believes that the French law will not guarantee a free market but make piracy legal.
However, Apple has not clearly specified its move in case the law is finally passes. Choosing the â€œno commentâ€¿ policy regarding the parliament’s final decision to be, the company is believed to rather leave the French market instead of obeying the system.
How would this affect Apple’s business? Basically not too much, as the French market does not represent more than 2 percent of the European market, which as well, is a lot smaller than what Apple and its iPod means for the U.S. market.
Is Apple really going to leave the French market or is just trying to put some pressure on the parliament? Next move is to be seen soon…