The Free Software Foundation launched an anti-DRM campaign in 2006 called “defective by design.” Apple’s iPod was immediately a focus. Free Software Foundation
SAN FRANCISCO—This morning, Apple will begin a duel over claims that it used copy-protection schemes known as “digital rights management,” or DRM, to illegally manipulate the market for iPods. The lawsuit, filed nearly 10 years ago, puts some legal firepower behind activists’ claims that the copy-protection DRM is “defective by design.”
Lawyers representing a class of nearly eight million consumers will put their case to a jury of eight men and women in an Oakland federal courtroom. The plaintiffs say that Apple’s “FairPlay” system “locked in” its customers, making it costly to switch to technology built by competitors like Real Networks.
Apple says its pricing didn’t even take into account Real Networks, which had a mere three percent of the online music market back in 2006.
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