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French iPod/iTunes law kicks in

A new law passed in France recently that lets regulators force Apple to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect today, reports the Associated Press. “The Internet copyright law passed France’s parliament June 30 after fierce debate and a gradual weakening of its initial punch.

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France OKs bill opening iTunes, iPod

French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill today that would require Apple to open the proprietary format behind its iTunes music store and iPod players, reports the Associated Press. “The draft law — which also introduces new penalties for music pirates — would force Apple Computer Inc., Sony Corp. and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players,” notes the story. French lawmakers approved the bill 296-193.

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