The French parliament has thrown a Gallic spanner in Apple iTunes dominance as it has passed a law that will forbid DRM retrictions that tie users to particular hardware. It would affect other digital music services but the Windows DRM is at least open to a greater number of devices whereas Apple’s is naturally tied into the iPod. Microsoft would have to drop its fee for licensing its DRM solutiona nd make it open source. Apple could well have an unexpected ally in this fight. “These provisions should prevent the emergence of online culture monopolies, and we hope that other countries, and Europe in particular, will take up these clauses,” the delegates said. The bill has to go before the French Senate before becoming law.

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