Sony fined by French court for DRM music



This article came from Cedric Manara.
Jan 05/07

A French court has ruled against Sony UK and Sony France over the use of DRM. Manara writes in the Cyberlaw mailing list:

A French court ruled against Sony France and Sony UK, in a case brought by a consumer group. Sony UK operates the website CONNECT Store, where French consumers can download music files in ATRAC 3 format. ATRAC 3 is a proprietary format, that can only be played on SONY players. To the Court, Sony UK did not clearly inform the consumers that these files cannot be played on other players. The Court also found that Sony France did not provide clear information to the consumers when selling its players without disclosing they are not compatible with other files. The Court also ruled that Sony UK’s “tying practice” was contrary to the French Consumer code, article L. 122-1. Pursuant to this article, it is illegal to make the purchase of a service subject to the purchase of another product. To the court, the consumers who download a file from Connect are compelled to buy a Sony player if they want to play it.

:cool: :cool:


This is the same argument the Scandinavians have against Apple: they weren’t clearly informed on the limitations of Apple’s DRM in downloaded songs. However, while there should have been news on that, I haven’t seen any recently.

I actually submitted this article already and it’s in the queue. It’s the next one on my list to write on after another regarding the RIAA. However, if you managed to get something of a different perspective (as I think I have a similar article, but not the same one), I’ll credit you on the front page once I can get to reporting on the article. Thanks for the find, platinumsword! :iagree: It is always nice to see people submitting some kind of helpful information in some way. Thanks for being part of the “solution.” :bigsmile:


Update: I have the article written, so it will probably be published on the front page later on. It’s sad the court stopped short of making any kind of pronouncement against the DRM, so a paltry $13,000 fine is unlikely to make them think about ending DRM, which would have been the better result for the consumers.