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Fear is the dealkiller...

MSNBC soft pedalled the story while others have offered their regurgitated take on the press release. But I can't find anyone asking the tough questions about the new deal between Microsoft and Vivendi/Universal wherein MS will pay Universal a flat price for every Zune player sold.
With big names like David Geffen saying, "Each of these devices is used to store unpaid-for material. This way, on top of the material people do pay for, the record companies are getting paid on the devices storing the copied music." are we really getting to the point where everything we think we know about property and theft is going to be re-defined in terms of someone's perceived loss?
posted by I, Credulous on Nov 10, 2006 - 65 comments

 

Throw out your gold teeth and see how they roll

Steely Dan is pre-selling a track in MP3 or WMA format from their upcoming CD for $1.49. The surprising part is they say "Once you have the file you can listen to it on your computer, transfer it to a player, or burn it to CD. It's yours to keep." Does somebody in the music industry finally understand the possibilities of this whole interweb thing? Only time will tell.
posted by SteveInMaine on May 1, 2003 - 27 comments

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