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Denmark may follow French suit on DRM

Following the news that the lower house of the French Parliament passed a law requiring interoperable DRM, Denmark now says it wants to do the same.
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Following the news that the lower house of the French Parliament passed a law requiring interoperable DRM, Denmark now says it wants to do the same. Ken Fisher notes on Ars Technica that:

Reportedly, Maersk and the country's largest telecommunications company, TDC, are speaking out in favor of such interoperability. Maersk and TDC are not only two of largest companies in Denmark, but they are amongst the largest and most powerful in Europe. Both also operate online music ventures.

Henrik Olesen, product manager at Maersk's Dansk Supermarked, told Danish-language Politiken.dk that interoperability would be a win-win situation.

"We would like to ask the politicians to follow the route they're taking in France, so that it becomes as easy as possible for the consumers to purchase music legally. This will in the end mean larger gross sales for all music stores," he said.

Likewise, Gert Rieder, CEO of TDC, said that "We can only press for something like the French, because it gives the consumers as many opportunities to shop for music." In Denmark it is currently illegal to circumvent DRM.

The Danes will introduce legislation along these lines in 2007. 

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