Re: [videoblogging] Re: Taking my videos down (Freeplay Music discussion)
On Sat, 06 Aug 2005 14:56:13 +0200, Pete Prodoehl <raster@...> wrote: > Have you ever *bought* music, and by bought, I mean bought the full > rights to any music to do as you please? Most times you are licensing > it. CD's you buy at the store? You don't own those, you don't have the > right to do whatever you want with it. You're just paying for the > rights to do with it what the record companies will allow you to do > with it. You're glancing over some important parts of copyrights here. When you buy a cd at the store you're buying a 'copy' of the work. That copy is yours to keep - what you can do with it is not limited by what the record companies feel is right. What you can do is limited by copyright law. Record companies could of course limit you, but not without having you sign a contract along each purchase. You have quite a few rights. With Freeplay on the other hand you don't buy a 'copy' of the work. You buy a license to use this work for a given period of time and for a specific purpose. Here you have only the rights granted to you in the license agreement. This is the exact reason I'm still buying physical cd's and not buying from the iTunes Music Store. At the music store I don't buy a copy of the songs. I buy a license to listen to them. It's a more liberal license than Freeplay, but it's still too restrictive for me. I'm not allowed to sell my iTunes bought music like I can sell my used cds for example. We can take an art poster analogy. When you go to a store to buy an art poster you buy a copy of thet work. This is the same as buying a physical cd. If it was a licensing deal you would only buy the right to display that poster in your home (probably 'for personal use in a non-commercial manner'). You couldn't even sell the poster to your buddy for two bucks. You'd have to destroy the poster and tell your buddy to go down to the store to get his own licensing deal. Online music businesses need to change before they'll see any of my business. - Andreas -- <URL:http://www.solitude.dk/> Commentary on media, communication, culture and technology.