Apple, Sony sued in France over DRM Matt Lubniewski at 1:07 PM ET
[JURIST] Apple Computer and Sony will appear in a French court over claims that their respective music download sites, iTunes and Connect, are deceptive and force customers to buy other products which are tied together. The French consumer group Union Federale des Consommateurs--Que Choisir [official site in French] has initiated the lawsuits, and claims that Sony and Apple limit consumer choice by preventing downloaded songs from being played on other media players. The suit has been filed against Sony UK and Sony France, as well as Apple's French unit. Apple's case will be heard in a Court of First Instance in Paris, while the Sony case will be heard in a Nanterre court. Both trials will commence later this year. CNET has more.
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