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ENDitorial : "No Swiss DMCA" Referendum campaign

19 December, 2007
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Like everywhere else, DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) systems which impose technical restrictions on what end users can do with texts and multimedia content are highly unpopular also in Switzerland.

At the same time, the representatives of the entertainment industry claim that this technology is necessary, and politicians are inclined to believe their view that there should be a law against circumvention of DRM system. The main difference from most other countries is that Swiss citizens are able to force a national vote about the change of the law by collecting 50 000 signatures.

Of course the politicians know this and take it into account already when discussing legal proposals in the commissions of the Parliament. As

UK Retailers blow the whistle on DRM

5 December, 2007
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The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) asks the music industry to get rid of DRM which they consider responsible for the continuously decreasing of online music sales in UK.

The industry music seems to ignore the consumers' preferences who are displeased with the copy protection systems imposing limitations on the content use. Additionally, the occurrence of various incompatible DRM formats has led to confusion and reserve with the consumers who tend to prefer file-sharing, lest they should find themselves in the position of not being able to play the music on their electronic equipment.

According to Kim Bayley, ERA director, the DRM is "working against the consumer interest" and "puts consumers off". In a statement to Financial

DRM-free music is supported by consumers

29 August, 2007
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A new survey regarding music online conducted by Entertainment Media Research in association with the law firm Olswang showed that the DRM (Digital Rights Management) related problems are more present in UK consumers' opinion than the music industry initially thought.

The survey was made on more than 1,700 respondents, a sample drawn from Entertainment Media Research's UK panel of 300,000 music consumers. The survey was performed in June 2007.

It shows that the number of people that have never heard about DRM dropped from 50% to 37% in just one year. Moreover, the number of respondents that claimed to have a good or exact knowledge of DRM almost tripled in the past year.

French Internet users are not properly informed on DRM

4 July, 2007
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The UFC- Que Choisir association has revealed the results of an online study performed in February 2007 regarding the use of DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems imposing third-party restrictions on the users of a reading device.

The poll has shown that most French Internet users have not been properly informed on the restrictions that DRM systems involve and that they definitely would like these technical protections out.

The poll covered about 800 Internet users that had already bought music online. Out of these, 51% stated they had never been informed on the usage restrictions that DRM imposes and 65% of them thought they could listen to the music they had legally bought on any device without any constraints.

France establishes the DRM-regulation authority

12 April, 2007
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The independent authority foreseen by the new French law on copyright (DADVSI) was created in the last days of the Villepin government. This Authority for Regulations of the DRMs (Autorité de régulation des mesures techniques - ARMT) should ensure the interoperability of the DRM systems and allow the private copies.

Even though the law has been in force since August 2006, the official normative act creating the authority was published in the Official Journal only on 4 April 2007 and, a few days later, the Ministry of Culture has officially created the new authority. ARMT will be responsible, according to the DADVSI law, with seeing that the DRM systems do not create additional

CoE to address the impact of technical measures on human rights

12 April, 2007
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With its seventh meeting held on 26-27 March 2007 in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe Group of Specialists on Human Rights in the Information Society (CoE MC-S-IS) is pursuing its mandate for another two-years period, as affirmed in its revised terms of reference. There are little changes in the group composition among voting members (member states of the CoE). EDRI remains a non governmental observer to the MC-S-IS group. For 2007, the group elected as chairman Thomas Schneider (Swiss federal office of communications), who, inter alia, has been active in the Swiss delegation to WSIS and then to IGF, and as vice-chairman Michael Truppe, from the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

Free-DRM music by iTunes, but EC starts official investigation

12 April, 2007
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EMI and Apple announced in the beginning of April 2007 that EMI Music's entire digital catalogue of music will be available for purchase without DRM from the iTunes worldwide in May. This is also the result of several complaints from consumer advocates and European Commission (EC) officials on iTunes practices.However, this decision hasn't stop the EC to send Apple and other four record labels a Statement of Objections, considering that their business practices might be restrictive in terms of the EU treaty.

The agreement between EMI and iTunes was presented on 2 April 2007 by EMI's CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple's CEO Steve Jobs. Apple announced that the higher quality versions of songs without DRM will be sold for 1.29 USD rather than

Consumer Protection Commissioner wants to see changes in iTunes

14 March, 2007
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Many consumer rights organizations in Germany, Norway, France and Finland have gathered to take common actions against Apples on its iTunes bundling services, but new concerns are expressed also by the EU Consumer Protection Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva.

In an interview for the German weekly Focus, Kuneva was very critical to this service: "Do you think it's fine that a CD plays in all CD players but that an iTunes song only plays in an iPod? I don't. Something has to change."

The statement was confirmed by Helen Kearns, a Commission spokeswoman who considered however that those were the commissioner's own opinions and not those of the Commission. "I don't think she was stating it as a definitive

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