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Is the revolt by European regulators against Apple's digital rights management technology justified?

  • I feel that the European regulators have every right to revolt against Apple's very restrictive digital rights management.

    Apple uses digital rights management technology to protect their music from copyright infringement. Apple dictates what users are allowed to do with the music they buy on Apple's iTunes. Many of these regulations are far stricter than European regulations on music and copyright law. Based on their differences of opinion on how to approach the issue of piracy and copyright infringement, European regulators have every right to protest Apple's strict policies.

    Posted by: 5hc4mAIa
  • Users should be allowed to use the items that they purchase as they wish.

    Digital rights management technology is a massive problem for users and consumers. The fact is that digital rights management technology prevents users from enjoying all of the benefits of their purchase. Instead, they are forced to abide by rules that do nothing to curtail piracy, and only squelch competition and innovation.

    Posted by: ExoticCurt
  • I think the European regulators are 100% justified in rebelling against Apple's digital rights management, because it effectively opposes monopolization.

    Historically, governments have governed copyright law and related areas, like patents. As Apple, and to some degree Amazon and Google, gets more powerful and monopolizes more of the market, they can and do maintain almost complete control of the market, and force their views on the rest of the market. You can throw your hands up in the air, and say, "I'll just go with someone else", but the reality is that, soon, there might not be any viable competition. We need to have government oversight and regulation, so people aren't forced into Apple's view of the world. At least with a democratic government, we can always throw the bums out by a vote. The courts should also be available to enforce rights, as a lot of these companies say arbitration is the only way to resolve disputes, banning court resolution in their terms of service.

    Posted by: RykerM
  • There is nothing about Apple's digital rights management technology that is justifiable for a company to protect.

    The largest issue with Apple's DRM software is it is limiting to the user in how they can use music that they purchased. It is one thing to protect people from violating copyright laws, but to restrict how a person can use music that they have purchased those rights is just as bad as if the user stole the music in the beginning.

    Posted by: FabulousLucius90
  • I agree with the revolt against Apple's digital rights management technology, because Apple is trying to create a monopoly.

    Apple's proprietary business practices have become more and more concerning in the past few years. It used to be that you just couldn't buy generic replacement parts for their computers. But, with the advent of the iPhone and their app store, it has become clear that Apple is trying to monopolize the market and control the information you are allowed to receive on their devices. This seems like a violation of freedom of information and privacy rights, and should be stopped.

    Posted by: TrainLock
  • I am all for the revolt against Apple, because when you pay for something, you should be entitled to what you pay for.

    When you pay for something, you should be entitled to what you pay for. It is not right for Apple to charge for a product, and then try to limit its use. They claim to prevent piracy, but if they are just now figuring out that piracy can't be stopped, as long as we have free will. They need to get their stuff together and run a business the right way.

    Posted by: 54l3mGrand
  • I agree with the European countries that are revolting against Apple's DRM technology, because people should have the right to use their devices as they see fit.

    When people purchase access to music and movies, they should have the right to use these products on the devices of their choosing, and in ways they wish, so long as no copyright infringement happens. Restrictions limiting a consumers ability to use a purchased product in otherwise legal manners seems doomed to fail. I can't help but wonder if DRM restrictions do not help in the spread of piracy and, in the end, hurt the profits of the creators of DRM-protected media.

    Posted by: JudahDas
  • The European regulators are justified in their revolt against Apple's DRM because once we pay for music, we should be able to play it anywhere we want.

    It's totally unfair on the part of Apple to try to monopolize the industry in their favor because as a consumer, once I pay for something I should be able to use it wherever I want. They should at least share their DRM with other players. The reason given by Apple - that it can lead to piracy - is without any base as the same can be said of audio CDs also.

    Posted by: CDustin
  • It's about the politics, period.

    The European regulators and their "revolt" against Apple's intellectual and digital rights is just transparent anti-American bias. There are any number of countries in the Eurozone who operate much in the same way as Apple, but never get a second look from European Union regulators. Maybe we should start doing the same to those companies here in the Untied States.

  • No, I am against the revolt, because it is up to the consumers to decide if Apple is wrong or not.

    If Apple's customers decide they do not like what Apple is doing, then they can respond on their own, by simply not buying their products. It is up to Apple, from that point, to either bend to the will of their customers, or continue without them. I think the issue should be left in the hands of the consumers, not European regulators.

    Posted by: AmusingBlake32
  • The European regulators should not oppose Apple's technology, because Apple deserves to retain the rights associated with their own product.

    Just as with any product or service, the creator should be able to hang on to the rights associated with it. For European regulators to fight Apple's digital rights management technology, is to undermine the basic ideas of commerce. For someone to make money, they need to come up with an original idea. This is exactly what Apple did, and they should be allowed to profit.

    Posted by: TedieDelight
  • No I am against the revolt, because it is up to the consumers to decide if Apple is wrong or not.

    If Apple's customers decide they do not like what Apple is doing, then they can respond on their own, by simply not buying their products. It is up to Apple, from that point, to either bend to the will of their customers, or continue without them. I think the issue should be left in the hands of the consumers, not European regulators.

    Posted by: H_Baird
  • I feel that the revolt against Apple's digital rights is excessive.

    It is not justified because they want to control the rights of the company. If they revolt more, who says they will stop at this? It is almost the same as one group trying to control another group just because they believe differently; that is not right and therefore not justified.

    Posted by: M4ddyFire
  • No, European regulators have no justification in revolting against Apple's digital rights management technology, because it's not up to them what Apple does.

    European regulators have no justification in revolting against Apple's digital rights management technology. The regulators must understand that Apple has contracts with all the property owners of the material they sell on the owners' behalf. As such, Apple must do what it can to protect the rights of the owners.

    Posted by: R3ciP3Saye
  • They have the right to develop and use their own products but do not have the resources.

    If European digital designers can come up with a better product and mass produce that product to use and sell to their people, then let them do it. But they do not have the resources nor the power to do so. It sounds like a jealousy deal to me. What a bunch of crybabies.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • No, the revolt against Apple's digital rights is excessive.

    The revolt against Apples digital rights is not justified because the regulators are focused on control of the companies rights to develop new technology. If they keep revolting, who is to say were they will stop and what they will revolt against next. It is along the lines of one group trying to control another group just because their beliefs are different.

    Posted by: l0nerkatz999

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