Apple’s response on Norwegian iTunes case fails to impress ombudsman; Apple faces gov’t case

“Apple has responded to the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman’s plan to bring an iTunes case before the country’s Market Council, but Apple’s answer hasn’t impressed the official. He now expects the case to go before the council in March or April next year,” Mikael Ricknäs reports for IDG News Service.

“Apple has been in the sights of Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman Bjørn Erik Thon for more than two years. The iTunes contract terms breach the Norwegian Marketing Control Act, according to Thon,” Ricknäs reports.

“‘It’s a consumer’s right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded from the Internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. iTunes makes this impossible or at least difficult, and hence, they act in breach of Norwegian law,’ he said in a statement on Sept. 29, when the plan to submit the case to the local Market Council was announced,” Ricknäs reports.

“Thon wants all tracks on iTunes, as well as other music stores, to work on any music player, either by removing DRM (digital rights management) restrictions or by making FairPlay, Apple’s DRM system, interoperable with devices other than iPods,” Ricknäs reports.

Full article here.

Bjørn Erik Thon obviously can’t read.

Apple should simply take iTunes Store Norway offline until the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman figures out that the music labels are the problem, not Apple, or until Norway gets itself a competent Consumer Ombudsman.

We did the math: Apple can survive without iTunes Store Norway for – approximately – ever.


  1. What does Apple have to do to indicate that they’re not the ones who want the damn DRM? Music labels have the option of not including DRM on their tracks – most of them choose to include it.

  2. No problem, Falkirk, I got your back!

    Dear John:

    It might be prudent to use the word “too” (not, as in your case “to”) correctly when one is calling others “stupid”

  3. Maybe, just maybe Apple wants to lose ?!? After all once they loose they will be forced to remove all DRM from their track on the Norwegian iTunes store (remember Steve doesn’t like DRM) & then the record companies would be able to kick up a stink with Apple.
    And then maybe Steve will get his way of selling all tracks on iTunes without DRM

  4. Who cares – If Apple thinks it is worth fighting this battle – fine. I wouldn’t bother. It would set a good example for any other nations so conceived and so dedicated… to simply pull the plug on Norway.
    This Ombudsman has too much time on his hands.

  5. All Apple has to do if if Norway rules against them is remove any songs that still have DRM leaving only music plus (or whatever they call it) song on iTunes. If you want to sell your music, remove the DRM.

    Then again, Apple should to that in other countries as well. One-publisher-at-a-time as their contracts come up.

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