What rights do music listeners have?

The simple answer is zero.  Music fans can purchase a copy of music and listen to it.  That is it.  Any action taken to distribute it is breaking the law.  Yes, that includes Peer to Peer (P2P) networks.

Ars Technica published an interesting article the other day regarding some misconceptions.   Some people believe that it is OK to download copyrighted content as long as you don’t upload, which is the main reason some folks, like Joel Tenenbaum, have been taken to court.

This is all false.  Like it or not, music listeners and fans have no rights to the music they buy.  None. Zip. Zilch.

Granted, there are several case studies that suggest P2P sharing is a good thing for music.  However, according to the law, any sharing of copyrighted content without consent from the author or licensee is breaking the law.

Hey, I don’t like it either, but these are the facts.   You think the law should change? Then, I suggest you write your local congressman or senator.  I didn’t make the rules.

I just find it interesting that some people continue to be confused about the legality of P2P sharing.

Read the full story at Ars Technica .

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One comment on “What rights do music listeners have?
  1. I think the music needs use different terminology for purchasing music. You don’t buy music, you lease it under certain terms. This is most likely the agenda behind the controversy, to start redefining what is buying. You’re buying into the concept and leasing the actual content. Hopefully with advanced technology people will be able to make their own professional quality music one day and the music industry will lose its strangle hold on music fans. Or we could all realize that we’re the ones being played and stop buying into the music industry and let it fade away and be replaced by something genuine. But that may not happen since most fans of music are spending mom and dad’s money and mom and dad are too lazy, too irresponsible to even know what filth their own children are listening to which would shut down most under age children purchases of Satanic verses.

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