Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Napster cuts deal with majors - Tech News -

Yeah, okay, so Napster signs a deal to sell music, yadda, yadda, yadda. They had to do something to stay alive, even if it won't do much good at this point. What bothers me is the last paragraph of this story:

Quote: "Napster has already outlined a security service created by Bertelsmann affiliate Digital World Services that would prevent songs from being burned to CDs or transferred to portable devices. In early descriptions of the system, the company even hinted at creating a new format to replace the MP3 files now swapped through its service."

So let me get this straight - after a consumer pays for the ability to download a song, Napster/Bertelsmann wants to prevent you from burning it to CD or transferring it to a portable MP3 player? What the hell is that? Are they insane? What happened to fair use, people? Now I really hope this business venture fails in a spectacular fashion.


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