Norwegian watchdog scrutinizes iTunes DRM

An article by Jo Best, special to CNET News.com includes:

Torgeir Waterhouse, senior adviser at Norway's consumer council, refuted the idea. "It's very difficult to see how locking consumers into the iPod is preserving the rights of any given artist...It's just not replying to (the complaint). Apple is trying to 'smoke screen' it away," he said.

What Apple is doing is describing what DRM is intended to be: encoding content such that it can only be played on "authorized players", with the only authorized players being those where the manufacturer retains control and where the owner of the device is considered the attacker of that device.

Any country that has ratified the 1996 WIPO treaties is in a dilemma: the practises which these treaties legalized are at their heart anti-competitive. One has to give: either the laws that protect free market economies must be preserved, or the 1996 WIPO treaties are preserved, as the two are incompatible with each other.

I know my vote is in protecting the economy, not protecting platform monopolies or duped copyright holders who mistakenly believe that platform monopolies will help them.