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Obama may have turned the Queen of England into a copyright crook


…from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: “EFF’s Fred Von Lohmann asks whether President Obama broke any laws when he gave an iPod loaded with music and video to the Queen.”

blue apple ipod nanoFirst, let’s imagine that the President (or his staff) bought the 40 show tunes from the iTunes music store. Do you “own” the music that you buy from iTunes? The nearly 9,000 words of legalese to which you agree before buying don’t answer that question (an oversight? I doubt it). Copyright owners have consistently argued in court that many digital products (even physical “promo” CDs!) are “licensed,” not “owned,” and therefore you’re not entitled to resell them or give them away. (And the Amazon MP3 Store terms of service are even worse for consumers than iTunes — those terms specifically purport to strip you of “ownership” and forbid any “redistribution.”)


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