France is considering legislation that would force open Apple's iTunes by making it legal to break DRM systems such as Apple's FairPlay in the interesting of playing protected music on other platforms, this according to a Reuters article. So much for market forces. Snippets:
Under a draft law expected to be voted in [France's] parliament on Thursday, consumers would be able to legally use software that converts digital content into any format.
It would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management -- the codes that protect music, films and other content -- if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another, said Christian Vanneste, Rapporteur, a senior parliamentarian who helps guide law in France.