Some European Countries to Ban the Use of iTunes
Shed a tear because Apple is being hit, yes once again, with another suit. This time it’s not a company but a country. Norway has concluded that Apple’ iTunes breaks Norway’s consumer protection laws by not allowing iTunes music to be played on any other device (other then the iPod) due to its DRM or Fairplay technology. Norway has given Apple until October 1st to make its ‘code’ available to other device manufactures and it looks like Germany and France is are about to follow suit with Sweden and Finland closely behind. If Apple doesn’t concede they’ll be fined and eventually shut down.
We should add that rumors are afoot that Apple may allow device manufactures to license their Fairplay DRM.
This comes on the heels of California sueing Apple as well.
Norway declares Apple’s iTunes illegal [Financial Times]