Professor Thomas Hazlett: French Antitrust Regulators are on the Wrong Track
French law "aims to disrupt a process that was enhancing the wealth of nations," says Professor Thomas Hazlett in a Financial Times UK article about France's recent passage of legislation that could force Apple's iTunes to play on devices other than Apple's iPods.
Hazlett goes on to state that, "From the rubble of file sharing, with its Pirates of the Caribbean business model and its "junkyard" user experience, emerged a spiffy iTunes marketplace where songs and their listeners embrace, 99 cents a hug. The format brought artists together with users, ending their conflict and forming a virtuous circle of co-operation. A rival field of dreams is now being built by the Microsofts, Sonys, Dells, Amazons and T-Mobiles, stomachs growling and each eager to devour a little Apple. Antitrust regulators should stand back and let Apple feast or be eaten."
COMMENT: Antitrust regulators must listen to reason on iPods, Financial Times UK, July 12, 2006. By Thomas Hazlett.