Robert Cresanti, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology, spoke in a television interview today and commented on the European Commission’s call for Apple Inc. to allow music downloaded from iTunes to be played on any MP3 player, Francine Lacqua and Anna Rascouet report for Bloomberg.
Cresanti’s comments included:
I have some strong concerns about the tack that’s been taken with a number of companies including Apple on the issue of their products, the way they market their products.
Nobody knows the value of intellectual property, be it copyright or patents, better than Apple does.
I’m a little confused about some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out. You have every opportunity with Apple, as most 12-year-old school children will tell you, to burn a CD from an iTunes song and to take that music and move it to another platform if you need to.
I’m somewhat at a loss to explain the level of emphasis that’s been placed on this particular topic.
MacDailyNews Note: Robert C. Cresanti was sworn in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology on March 20, 2006 in a private ceremony. President Bush nominated him on November 10, 2005; the United States Senate confirmed him on March 16, 2006. More info here.
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