France vs. Apple's Rights
By David Holcberg (U.S. News and World Report, July 3, 2006)
France has no right to force Apple to make downloads from iTunes compatible with the products of its rivals.
If music listeners don't like the limitations of Apple's products and want to be able to play purchased music on any device they own, they are free not to buy from Apple and to look for alternatives. They, or their representatives, have no right to dictate to Apple what capabilities to include in its products.
The violation of Apple's property rights, as well as those of Microsoft and other American companies, is a serious threat to innovation and technological progress. If these companies are not free to create products as they see fit, and are not allowed to profit from their new creations, innovation will decline.