Posted by: Frank | June 7, 2011

Looking At The Cloud Music Services

Apple’s new iMatch service looks to me to be appeasement for the RIAA. Essentially Apple gets payment for music that it cannot confirm was purchased from iTunes. It may be that the music was legitimately puchased, but there is no way to know that for sure.

I expect the RIAA will go after Amazon and Google for something similar. The question will be whether storage service providers (include Dropbox and Sugarsync in this discussion) can be held accountable for the legality of the files stored on their servers. Common sense suggests they cannot, but that hasn’t stopped anyone before.

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