I’m reading today on MacNN that Denmark is considering legislation similar to the law passed in France this past week, which forces Apple to open up their FairPlay DRM to competitors. Conventional Wisdom says that Apple, faced with either
1) allowing songs from the iTunes Music to play on rival MP3 players or
2) leaving France
will do the latter since it’s such a minor piece of Apple business, and the lesser of two evils.
But I’m wondering if it’s possible for Apple to take a third way: dropping its DRM completely, removing the protection that keeps its songs from playing on other players, and keeping the songs from being pirated. Does the French law supercede any agreements Apple has with the music publishers to protect those songs with DRM?
Just a thought…