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First off today, music retailer ReDigi has received a cease and desist notice from the RIAA claiming that the company is infringing on the rights of musicians by reselling “used” iTunes tracks. ReDigi’s process verifies that the tracks are legally bought and then removes all copies of it from the original computer and then puts it up for resale on their site at a drastically reduced price. According to the RIAA, this remains an infringement as copyright law does not allow an owner to make a copy of a file, resell the copy and then destroy the original. ReDigi, however, had an analysis of their own done and found that their service is legit. The RIAA also takes issue with ReDigi’s music sampling service, which allows potential buyers to listen to 30-second clips of the songs.
Next up today, in German, a rights group named GEMA has demanded that the organizers of two dance parties, held simultaneously in Weimar and Leipzig, pay 200 Euros ($270) for using music GEMA holds licensing rights to. However, the two parties were open source-themed and DJs were instructed to only play Creative Commons-Licensed music. Even stranger, a quirk in German law makes it so that GEMA doesn’t have to prove that any artists they represent were played and, instead, the organizers must prove that they weren’t. The German Pirate Party, however, wishes to challenge the case.
Finally today, those who have been waiting for iTunes Music Match will now have their chance to sign up. The service works by enabling iTunes users to sync their music with the cloud. This includes both tracks bought through iTunes and those acquired elsewhere. Those tracks, if they are part of iTunes’ database, are replaced with high-quality version from iTunes and synced that way. If the tracks are unavailable, the originals are synced.The service costs $25 per year and covers 25,000 songs.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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