France has an exclusive right to not be interoperable?

I find that the excessive expansion of exclusive rights granted to copyright holders is going further and further astray. I now read in a MacNewsworld article that, "authors' rights in France would allow artists whose works are sold on the iTunes Internet store to require that the songs work only on iPods".

I'm sorry, but such a "right" should never exist: An author of a book does not get to choose what brand of eye glasses I wear, the colour of my eyes or the colour of my skin. A copyright holder should never be allowed to decide what brand of hardware and/or software I use to access content. The practise used to be considered "tied selling" and was properly understood as something that should be illegal, not something that should be protected by law.

European Union members seem to have lost their way from when they recognized the importance of interoperability in their 1991 directive on the legal protection of computer programs (91/250/EEC).

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Black, like me

>> An author of a book does not get to choose ... the colour of my skin

We already know that iPod owners have a wide assortment of skins to choose from. For example, my Nano has a black rubber sheath.

ok... bad pun.

>>European Union members seem to have lost their way

Well, the EU has lost it's way, period.

Another functional element I'd like to ask the Apple Santa for is the ability to get songs onto the device *without* iTunes. I HATE that program, and deeply resent having to use it as the only means to talk to the device. To quote Parliament, "SHAME...!"

A FLOSS "iTunes killer" is desperately needed, and to my knowledge, does not yet exist.

A FLOSS "iTunes killer"

A FLOSS or any other competitor to the iTunes desktop software would necessarily need to circumvent Apples DRM. Until we get rational laws in place that protect the right of the owners of technology to circumvent any foreign TPM (IE: a TPM applied by anyone other than the owner), there can't really be legal (and thus widely distributed) compatible software.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.