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US Government Alleged Support to Apple on DRM Issue - Mp4 Converter

Updated March 23,2006

Towards French government and Apple Computer's hot issue on DRM interoperability, namely the biggest Franco-American battle since US lawmakers renamed their favorite side dish "Freedom Fries", now American government has stood out to support Apple Computer.

Carlos Gutierrez, US secretary of Commerce, reviewed this case on CNBC, alleged that he would "compliment Apple because we need for companies to also stand up for their intellectual property rights. At issue is a draft law that would reuqire Apple and other companies to open up their DRM to competitors or allow consumers to do so on their own, so that music purchased in an online music store could be played in any manufacturer's digital audio player." Earlier this week, Apple referred to the French bill as part of "a state-sponsored Piracy".

Guiterrez didn't say whether the US government would do anything specific on Apple's behalf, but he did say that it's a good policy to "have the government work with other governments." From our point of view, this will certainly cause more intensive arguments, maybe Americans begin to torch Archos Gminis when the French students are burning iPods in the street.

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