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RE: digital Beatles -- the mother of all licensing

Uh, well, yes, one reason might be that it is illegal, and that 
with the ability of computers to search these days for files 
anywhere they exist, the copyright owner can track down a person 
who stores an illegal download. Remember how litigious the RIAA 
has been in going after individuals? How a Harvard student is 
faced with a very stiff fine for illegally downloading some 30 


I'd think twice about taking that kind of risk....

Sandy Thatcher

At 5:13 PM -0500 11/16/10, Ken Masters wrote:
>Hi All
>While this is wonderful news, I think, one really has to wonder
>if the people who worked out this strategy are even vaguely aware
>of how people (especially the youth) access digitised music
>The newer generations pretty much take this approach: why pay for
>a song when simply, by going to Youtube, you can get a free video
>download of it? (e.g. Hey Jude is at:
>After that, there is plenty of free software that can extract the
>audio from the video, and convert it into any known format for
>playing on any known audio device.
>Whereas, if you go the legal route, you have to pay, and then may
>have to jump through any unknown number of legal hoops if you
>decide to buy a new and different audio device, and hope that the
>company doesn't suddenly change its licensing conditions after
>you have purchased the music.
>Perhaps the idea was just to announce the deal, hoping that
>newspapers would pick it up, and run what amounts to free
>advertising.  After all, DJs and the like still go the legal
>route (perhaps).
>So, a mother of all licensing deals?  "That'll be the day." "I
>don't want to spoil the party" but, "Do you want to know a
>scret?" Perhaps it was, "Yesterday," but now they need some
>"Help."  Now I'll just "Let it be." :-)