France has signaled to the world and to Apple that it will stand as tough as it always has and therefore will likely Allow Apple to roll through the Streets of Paris with the Apple DRM locked up tight under Apple control.
- Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman
- Apple, Sony sued over DRM in France
- French Parliament Passes DRM Interoperability Legislation
France has signaled that it will allow the Dadvsi law to go through with a watered down version. France will require iTunes and any other service like it to open up its DRM to rivals, unless they don’t feel like it. If they (Apple) doesn’t feel like it, they will need to provide to France a ‘permission’ slip from the contents right holder.
This might appear and probably will be a victory for Apple given France’s track record, however, Apple won’t be completely out of the woods until both houses of the French parliament approve the surrendered version of the Dadvsi law.
In addition, Norway, Sweden and Denmark (with at least one of those countries having a reputation for being stout) is also threatening to force Apple to succumb to sharing its iTunes format with competitors.
Apple will probably not be satisfied with the French appeasement tactics. Even the new Dadvsi law will require Apple to go back to rights holders and negotiate for the permission to not share their format in France. This will of course cost Apple money, and may also open the door for renegotiations in areas that Apple would prefer to leave alone, especially given their full court press to sew up the rights for digital video content in the form of Movies and TV shows.