Apple Legal Tries Again To Keep PlayFair At Bay

Remember the Open Source application, PlayFair? Itis an application that allows you to make songs purchased from Appleis iTunes Music Store playable on any music player, not just iPods, stripping the DRM out of the song.

The application was originally hosted on SourceForge, a US-based Web site dedicated to open source development. The project was pulled from the Web site shortly after being launched after Apple sent a Cease and Desist letter to SourceForge itself. The company cited the DMCA in its C&D, saying that PlayFair was in violation of that law.

PlayFair then found a home in the Indian Open Source community and has been, until yesterday, available at Sarovar.org. Yet again, the software has been pulled at Appleis behest, but this time, the Indian Open Source community is fighting back. The Financial Express, an Indian e-business Web site, reports that the Indian Open Source community believes it has a right to post the application, and that Indian Digital Rights Management (DRM) laws fall short of providing Apple with legal footing to demand the softwareis removal. From the Financial Express article:

While Apple Computers is crying foul over violation of its copyright, Sarovar.org, which has now withdrawn the tool from its website, claims that they had not done anything wrong. Despite repeated calls and e-mails to Apple officials, the company chose not to comment on the issue.

"Neither we nor Apple knows the point they are trying to make. Everyone knows that their claim does not stand anywhere. Even now they arenit telling us whatis wrong. They are quoting Indian IT Act (which, ironically, says ISPs or network providers cannot be sued in such matters) and the Copyright Act (again, PlayFair is a free software written from scratch). We took down PlayFair just to avoid troubling our sponsors. Apple sent a notice to them as well," a Sarovar.org spokesperson replied to an email.

You can read the full report at the Financial Express website.

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