French government goes head to head against DRM’ed Apple

France grabbed the headlines when their parliament voted that file-sharing of copyright material would possibly be made legal provided that there is no financial gain from that.

Their latest attack was aimed at Apple and its iTunes which the France parliament finds too restrictive and wants to crack that open.

Apple uses its own DRM (Digital Rights Management) system for its iTunes system and French MPs want to allow downloaded song to be played on other MP3 players rather than only on the iPod.

Although some critics say that this would increase piracy rather than reduce it, its proponents argue that it could only encourage the expansion of online digital music market and provide music record companies with a most welcomed lifeline.

It is nice though to see that for once, a country's government is siding with its citizens rather than against them. In the U.S, the MPAA and the RIAA have been given free reign to do almost whatever they want, including the right to end fair usage.

Whether France will stand alone and will continue going politically left with open source, piracy et al is something that will be a hot and very interesting issue this year.