A tale of two competitions...

I have a theory when it comes to what is happening in France, and I am looking for feedback.

In the pay-per-download music marketplace there are really only a few groups of competitors: Apples "FairPlay", sites using the Microsoft DRM (Puretracks, Napster, etc, etc), sites using RealNetworks or other obscure DRM, and DRM-free files. The bill makes clear that compatibility with DRM-free files will not be offered, since converting to a DRM-free file has excessive penalties.

Apple dominates this market, and Microsoft is not happy with this. Microsoft and their dependants (The major labels seem to be in this camp) have been lobbying hard to make Apples FairPlay compatible with Microsoft's DRM. The government and these lobbiests can't be honest and name Microsoft, so they claim to be trying to make all DRM compatible, even if there are really only two competitors worthy of mention.

What is clearly missing from any French bill is compatibility between the Apple/Microsoft duopoly and DRM-free media or environments like FLOSS where the rights of the owner of the access devices are protected rather than the owner being considered "the attacker".

On personal computing devices like home computers, Microsoft currently dominates. Their most threatening competitor is FLOSS.

France is giving Microsoft what they want on music, which is to get rid of any dependencies on Apple, while still protecting Microsoft's monopolies in the areas where they currently dominate.

This is a win-win situation for Microsoft, and lose-lose situation for everyone else. I wonder if anyone in France has done an analysis of corporate donation to French parliamentarians from Microsoft and their dependencies?