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EU to ease licensing rules for iTunes, other digital music stores

The European Union is looking to make it easier for Apple to sell music across the entire EU at once. Currently, music copyrights are issued on a country-by-country basis, so users can only purchase songs from their home country. But an effort to promote licensing across the entire bloc has prompted a proposed change in the rules that targets how royalty-collection societies conduct their business, Bloomberg reports.

While iTunes has been in some parts of the European Union for years, it only reached countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in 2011. The blame for the slow rollout is placed on onerous music licensing.

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