A Moron In A Hurry

June 12, 2006

Vikings Were the Original Pirates

Filed under: Uncategorized — nick @ 12:32 am

This Norwegian website has a rundown of the trouble Apple is having in that country over iTunes and DRM.  A complaint was filed in January by the Consumer Council with the Consumer Ombudsman (I love that title) claiming that iTunes is unfair to Norwegian consumers because, among other things, it can change consumer’s rights to their purchased music at any time after the purchase, consumers are unable to crack the FairPlay DRM system to allow iTunes music on non-Apple players, Norwegians must subject themselves to English law regarding any dispute over iTunes, nor is iTunes liable if it harms a consumer’s computer (a la the Sony rootkit fiasco).  The official complaint can be read here.  Then last week the Consumer Ombudsman agreed with the complaint and has contacted Apple over the allegations:

Among other things, the decision clearly states that the terms of agreement demanded by iTunes are unreasonable with respect to Section 9a of the Norwegian Marketing Control Act. Moreover, it is unreasonable that the agreement the consumer must give consent to is regulated by English law. That iTunes disclaims all liability for possible damage the software may cause and that it may alter the rights to the music, are also considered unreasonable. iTunes must now alter their terms and conditions to comply with Norwegian law by the 21.of June.

Thanks to (c)opyBites.

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