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France Moves To Quell Growing iPod Storm

Law360 (March 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A debate over the stronghold in the online music industry held by Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod and iTunes is heating up in France, where lawmakers have proposed a bill that would give the company’s rivals access to its exclusive file formats. The move threatens to force Apple out of France—the third-largest digital music market in Europe.

The online copyright bill, if passed, would force companies to share all "information essential to the interoperability" of their copy-protection formats if requested to do so by rival companies....
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