Justice Department's probe of Apple expands

According to Hollywood insiders talking to the NYPOST.com, the Justice Department's probe of Apple is set to expand:

According to Hollywood insiders talking to the NYPOST.com, the Justice Department's probe of Apple is set to expand:

According to several sources, the Justice Dept. has contacted a handful of the country's biggest media and technology companies to get their views on Apple, which, after years of casting itself as the tiny outsider, has become an 800-pound gorilla calling the shots in several arenas.

"The [Justice Dept.] is doing outreach," said one Hollywood industry source. "You can't dictate terms to the industry. The Adobe thing is just inviting the wrath of everybody."

What bothers me here is Hollywood connection. While I'm all for oversight of big corporations to ensure that they behave ethically, there's little oversight as to how Hollywood is demanding ever increasing powers to control and lock-in consumers with DRM. In fact, the biggest lock-in to Apple products, in particular iTunes, is the DRM that the entertainment industry mandated that Apple load into content sold through iTunes.

Is any of this about consumer choice or freedoms, or is it about Hollywood executives worried that power has slipped out of their grasp and to that of another company?

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