I find it frustrating when I read articles like the one in the New York Times about how the French constitutional council, the country's highest judicial body, has declared major aspects of the recent digital compatibility law as unconstitutional.
I suspect that it is based on some myth that this law was misappropriating some property right that Apple has, when in fact that it is Apple that is circumventing the property rights of their hardware customers.
Most non-technical people (and some technical people) have been mislead about what so-called "DRM" does. While there is a technical measure that is applied to digital content so that the content can only be accessed on "authorized" hardware, the roots of the controversy is about the hardware and not the digital content. Device manufacturers believe they should be able to exert ownership rights (IE: control what people can or can not do with the hardware) after it is sold, and those of us who recognize the need to protect property rights believe that the rights of the manufacture must end at the point of sale.
I believe that where the technical measure is protected in law, what Apple is doing is state sanctioned theft. This isn't about copyright infringement of content that is purchased from iTunes which is the myth that Apple has spread, but about the tangible property rights of those who purchase iPods.