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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal? 226

Fudge Factor 3000 writes "Earlier this year both Google and Amazon introduced cloud music storage where users could upload their music and listen to it wherever they had an internet connection. The music industry, however, was up in arms because they believed that Google and Amazon had to pay additional licensing fees for their music storage services. Tim B. Lee at Ars has written an excellent summary of the legal issues surrounding these services. His ultimate conclusion is that Google and Amazon would probably withstand any legal assaults, but it still remains a tough call."
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

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  • by monoqlith ( 610041 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2011 @01:14AM (#36657796)

    It's not greed. It's stupidity.

    They rejected every deal these services had to offer, not realizing the obvious financial advantage of having an agreement before launch. They walked, and now they have to play legal catch-up in order to ultimately get probably less than they would have gotten if they had just agreed to the worst deal.

    Sigh. Someone on the negotiating team should have known that these companies feel that they could absorb whatever the costs of being sued would be and still walk away profitable. But they didn't. So they have the business sense of gnats.

  • by Dwedit ( 232252 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2011 @02:10AM (#36657956) Homepage

    MP3.COM had the "My.MP3.com" feature, which let users stream music from CDs that they had registered with the site. Universal Music Group sued them and cost mp3.com $53 million in judgements and legal fees.

  • by pandrijeczko ( 588093 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2011 @02:11AM (#36657958)

    ...all this iCloud, Amazon and Google music storage nonsense sounds a complete waste of time.

    For years I've been buying CDs, ripping them to FLAC once then converting to MP3 as I need them. I store the MP3s on a portable hard disk and keep it with me for when I need it. It also works when there's no Internet connection.

    Personally, I think far too many of you have far too much spare time on your hands to be worried about some nonsensical and convoluted web services that are trying to justify their own existences. That's why you should learn to think like an engineer because you can discover simpler solutions for yourself.

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