“Apple Computer Inc. should have anticipated that the exclusive union of its iPod music players and online iTunes store would be challenged in France, Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said. ‘It should come as no surprise,’ Lagarde told reporters during a visit to San Francisco. The trade minister made the remark when asked what she might say to Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs about a proposed copyright bill in France that would sever the link between the company’s iPod players and iTunes online music store. ‘Any time a company restricts competition in a market, it gets the attention of regulating agencies. We have to play by the rules of the game,’ she said,” AFP reports.
“A copyright bill before the French parliament on downloading music and films could lead the online music store, Apple’s iTunes, to withdraw from France because it would be reluctant to opening up its proprietary system, experts say. Apple Computer Inc. has always refused to allow its paid-for music files downloaded via iTunes to be converted into another format, which would allow them to be listened to on a music player other than its iPod. But French lawmakers last month adopted two amendments insisting on ‘interoperability,’ which would permit an Internet user to copy and read downloaded files on a service of his choice,” AFP reports. “France and millions of its iPod using teen-agers were too valuable a market for Apple to ignore, Lagarde said… Lagarde condemned critics that suggest France should fix anachronistic political or labor policies before courting high technology businesses to invest or open shop there. ‘I don’t want the crap,’ Lagarde said. ‘It annoys me when France is portrayed as an awkward, backward country. It is not.'”
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