Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman

OUT-LAW News has a story about a recent case involving Apples DRM which ties the legal purchase of music from the iTunes music store to the iPod device.

Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software is illegal, the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway has ruled. The blow follows the news that consumer groups in Germany and France are joining Norway's action against Apple.
"It doesn't get any clearer than this. Fairplay is an illegal lock-in technology whose main purpose is to lock the consumers to the total package provided by Apple by blocking interoperability," Waterhouse told OUT-LAW.COM. "For all practical purposes this means that iTunes Music Store is trying to kill off one the most important building blocks in a well functioning digital society, interoperability, in order to boost its own profits."

Will Canada ever do anything on digital interoperability issues? The Competition Bureau keeps secret its investigations, but given how long this issue has existed I suspect they aren't doing anything. People who are actual users of the iPod and iTunes store may wish to file a complaint with the bureau. If you do, please let us know about any replies.