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French court dismisses Virgin’s FairPlay complaint

The French Competition Council has dismissed the case brought by Virgin Mega’s French arm against Apple for alleged abuse of market dominance. In June, Virgin filed a complaint against Apple alleging that the company has wrongfully refused to its license FairPlay DRM (digital rights management) technology to competitors. Due to a lack of “sufficiently convincing elements,” the council said it rejected Virgin’s case, noting that “access to the Fairplay DRM isn’t indispensable to the development of legal platforms for the downloading of online music.” Members said the market is “in rapid expansion…and very dynamic in France as well as in other European countries and the U.S.”

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