Washington Post Advocates Against Free Markets

Geeklawyer posted a piece on the French DRM laws and a reaction to it in the Washington Post. Now, I don’t know the political leanings of the reporter, but I’d guess its right of center, simply because most reporting these days seems to be.

So the point Geeklawyer made was on the anti-French slant in the article and, while I agree, I think it’s also interesting that the pro-America raving was all about how America allows for more innovation.

You see, according to the reporter, America is better for innovation because we have laws that allow Apple to create a de-facto monopoly on digital music downloads. Uh, of wait. That’s not what a free market is supposed to allow.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t agree with the French law. I don’t think Apple should be forced to help other companies operate with iTunes Music. But, I do think they should make is explicitly legal for companies to do so.

In the US, the DMCA prevents any competitor of Apple’s from being able to create a player that customers can use with their iTunes purchased music. That doesn’t sound like a free market to me.

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