Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011
Amazon's new Cloud Player service allows users 5 gigs of cloud storage for their personal music files, so they can listen to them anywhere they have internet access. Apparently the music labels really don't like this. One example:
It's time to play "What crosses the line?" with an imaginary music label lawyer:
"If I buy an MP3, can I store it on my internal hard drive?"
"If I buy an MP3, can I store it on an external hard drive?"
"Can I copy my purchased music on to my portable music player?"
Yes. Your license is not restricted to a single playback device.
"Can I store my purchased music on my home fileserver and play it on various devices I own?"
"Can I store my purchased music on a remote fileserver and play it on various devices I own?"
Woah! That sounds like streaming!
"But this is music I bought license to and own. I can already play them as much as I want. Why should it matter how long the cord is?"
Streaming is bad! Must pay license fees for streaming!
"Even if the service is provided by a company with a vested interest in combating piracy?"
ESPECIALLY if it's provided by a company with lots of money. That's what you asked, right?
When we buy music, what are we buying again? Either I keep forgetting or it keeps changing.
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