The country’s consumer ombudsman, which sounds a government-subsidized version of Ask Asa, said the follow in his latest report:
It’s a consumer’s right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded from the internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. iTunes makes this impossible or at least difficult, and hence, they act in breach of Norwegian law.
So, unless Apple gets its act together and, I guess, removes the DRM (at least for Norway), it’ll be subject to fines in the six figure (Euros, mind you) range. That’s not exactly something Apple wants to deal with, I’m guessing.
It gets worse for Apple. Should Norway win its case and actually start fining Apple, there’s a good chance that the European Union will get involved. It’s one thing to upset the Norwegian consumer ombudsman, but it’s a whole different matter when you’re dealing with Brussels. Just ask Microsoft how pleasant it is dealing with those guys.