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As far as I know, I think most (if not all) of the MP3s Amazon sells are exempt from this type of thing since they are sold without DRM and are not used on a device that Amazon has direct control over (like the Kindle).

But, that may just be my misinterpretation.


Thanks, Joe. I corrected that.

I know they don't have the lock down on songs that iTunes did. But I'm not sure that contractually, you actually own those files. I'm going to check my licensing agreement the next time I download music from Amazon - but I'm pretty sure it stipulates a leasing arrangement and not a purchasing one.

Content providers have been trying to do this for years. Publishers aren't happy about not getting a slice from used book sales. Same with DVD and video game companies. And for years, off and on, they've tried to float the argument that customers don't have a right of resale since the content providers legally own the content in books and DVDs and CDs and that the consumer hasn't the right to sell it.

They never made much headway as the content has always been married to the delivery device.

Digital file format gives them the win in this fight.


"Amazon's contract says you "may copy, store, transfer and burn the Digital Content" for personal use. But then it goes further and specifies restrictions, saying you "agree that you will not redistribute, transmit, assign, sell, broadcast, rent, share, lend, modify, adapt, edit, sub-license or otherwise transfer or use the Digital Content."


So, according to Amazon, even though the mp3s are DRM-free - you do not own them.


right on. the kindle is one book i advocate burning.

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