The European Commission has taken a break from trying to re-design Microsoft’s software just long enough to get excited about DVDs. According to this report, “European Commission antitrust officials are probing the licensing strategies of two rival new generation DVD developers, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.” Given that competition is fierce among rival DVD developers, one wonders how exactly Eurocrats think their help is needed in creating competition.
At least it’s not all bad news coming from Europe. A small ray of hope for America’s tech industry arrived this week when the French Constitutional Council declared major aspects of France’s iPod law unconstitutional. Apparently, not all property rights have disappeared from the continent.