David Sleight on New-School Publishing: Passing On Our Rights
Last month, a U.S. District Court handed down a decision that’s pretty awful if you care about consumer rights and digital content. It all started in 2011, when a company called ReDigi launched a service to let folks resell their unwanted iTunes purchases—the digital equivalent of unloading your old vinyl at a swap meet. This annoyed the legal department at Capitol Records enough that they sued ReDigi in federal court to stop it. Unfortunately for consumers, Capitol Records succeeded. This isn’t just bad news for ReDigi though. What’s really troubling is the court’s take on current copyright protections. The ReDigi case When it comes to the CDs, DVDs, and paper books you own, U.S. law is clear. A legal concept called the first-sale doctrine establishes your right to sell them to another person, provided you’re handing over the item you originally bought, and that you didn’t make any copies. That’s the idea behind garage sales, swap meets, and Craigslist. As repeated by the ...
Amazon Expands AutoRip To Include Support For Vinyl, Giving Record Buyers Free MP3s For Their Purchased Tunes
It's not a belated April Fools' Day joke (I think?), but today Amazon announced that it will expand its recently launched service called Amazon AutoRip to support vinyl records in addition to CDs. (Because people buying vinyl clearly want the sanitized digital copy of their tunes?...I kid, I kid.) AutoRip, for those unfamiliar, was launched in January, as a way to offer Amazon customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they had purchased from the site since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998.
Phil Ramone, U.S. music producer, has died
The U.S. music producer Phil Ramone has died aged 72. Ramone worked with a number pop stars and was one of the first producers to use CDs.
Thai man jailed for lese-majeste over Australian news footage
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court jailed a man for three years and four months on Thursday for selling video CDs showing sections of an Australian news series that contained content deemed offensive...
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Thai Man Jailed for Royal Insult
A Thai man has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for selling video CDs of an Australian TV news segment deemed offensive to Thailand's royal family.