French online music store Virgin Mega has filed a complaint against Apple Computer, claiming that the company’s refusal to license the copy protection technology used in its iPod is harming competition.
The action was filed with the French Competition Council in June and disclosed along with several other legal matters on Thursday as part of Apple’s quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
According to the filing, the online store, part of the Virgin family, is seeking various unspecified “interim measures,” pending a decision on the merits of the case. A hearing on that request is expected in either October or November, Apple said in the filing.
Now - this is absolutely stupid. Why should Apple allow its technology to work with other products when it comes to the iPod? It’s their product, and Virgin Music has no right to try to force itself to gain access to things such as FairPlay that belong to Apple.
I hate incompetent companies that use the court system to force themselves to have access to successful products. I can’t wait till the EU orders Apple to remove its media player…err LCD screen (sorry - got one stupid court ruling messed up with a possibly equally ridiculous court ruling in the future :P)