LONDON – Britain is legalizing the small wireless transmitters commonly used to play music from iPods over car radios.
That means a user must have the right to transmit over an FM frequency and pay royalties for any tunes played on the music players, said Steve Hawkins, a managing director at A.M. Micro Distribution Ltd., which sells the iTrips.
Amendments to the Wireless Telegraphy Act, effective Dec. 8, will allow Britons to use the devices without a broadcast license.
Legal in the United States, the devices transmit signals over a short range, so they usually don't interfere with high-power commercial broadcasts.
Britain joins Germany and Switzerland in legalizing the devices, but most other European countries still ban them, Hawkins said.