• Norway Shelves Consumer Complaint against Apple
  • March 23, 2009
  • Law Firm: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • Norway has abandoned a complaint against Apple Inc. after the company announced that music sold on iTunes would no longer be compatible with just the iPod and the iPhone, but could also be played on all MP3 players.

    At the Macworld Expo on January 6, Apple announced that as of April it would be making all of the music in its online iTunes Store free of digital rights management (DRM) software that prevents songs from being copied and limits their use to Apple-made music players.

    Back in November, Norway’s consumer mediator Bjoern Erik Thon said he would take Apple before a Norwegian government agency called the Market Council for making its music incompatible with music players other than the iPod and iPhone. The Market Council is a kind of consumer court that has the authority to fine companies and order them to amend practices.

    In light of Apple’s new policy, Thon said, "We have no reason to pursue them anymore."

    Apple did not say that its decision to go DRM-free was made in response to complaints by Norway and other European countries, and in fact, the move brings Apple in line with rivals like Amazon and RealNetworks, which have been selling DRM-free music for some time.