So here we go…the music companies are finally going too far.Â So we’re all thieves by default…we’re all guilty straight out of the box.
Universal Music Group exec Doug Morris, sure to be one of the most hated men on the ‘net soon (if he’s not already), told the Reuters Media Summitt that his company is interested in receiving a cut of the profits from each iPod sold.
You can read the arstechnica article here.
I think the vast majority of us are not only offended and/or insulted by this idea, but I think we’re all pretty much in agreement that this is just wrong…If you don’t agree with that, please feel free to tell us why in the comments below…
…but that’s not why I’m writing this post.
I’m more interested in something that was suggested on Twit and online in several other places since Microsoft announced it was paying Universal for each Zune sold.Â It has been suggested that by charging this “piracy tax” Universal is decreasing, if not eliminating, the liability of the user for pirating music.
Essentially, by getting this “tax” upfront, they are already reclaiming their “losses” from pirated music, and thus, have no argument when trying to sue people who have “stolen” music from them.
I am not a lawyer, and I don’t know if there is a shred of validity to that idea, so I’m asking you Apple Gazette readers, if you are a lawyer, or know a lawyer that you can ask about this to contact us, and let us know if there is any validity to this idea what-so-ever.
If so, then I say, let them do it.
I don’t pirate music.Â I go out of my way to either buy music from iTunes, or go to a store and buy a CD, but I can tell you this…if I have to pay Universal upfront because “we’re all thieves”…then I just might start.