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Apple cites "technical problems" for blocking iTunes resale

Digital Daftness
Tue Sep 09 2003, 10:57
WE REPORTED here that a guy, web developer George Hotelling had put a tune he'd bought through Apple''s iTunes network up for sale on eBay.

Eventually eBay made Hotelling take the page down. Ebay suggested that the "first sale" practice which allows the owner of an artistic work to sell it without the permission of the copyright owner does not apply to digital goods. Which is, of course, total rubbish.

CNET asked Apple about this and were told by Peter Lowe, Apple's director of marketing for applications and services, that although it may be "within someone's rights" Apple's position was that is impractical. Impractical because it would involve the sharing of account details in order to get the song to play on a second machine, he said.

Apple reckons it has sold over 10 million iTunes since the service launched on April 28. µ


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