Thanks to NeoMayhem for pointing me ot this interesting article... Thought this would "spark" some interesting discussion regarding the arena of DRM vs the right of first sale...
"georgeh734", a seller on eBay is attempting to sell a song he purchased on Apples iTunes Music store (current bidding has driven the 99c original purchase price to $7.51 and now currently stands at $350 )!
As George says on the eBay auction site and on his weblog, hes selling the song because does not like the song anymore and feels like it pales in comparison to its original, so hes attempting to sell the song, and at the same time, test the waters regarding selling a song downloaded vs a CD bought.
Here are some points he has brought up...
- Its true that Im seeking attention, but not for me personally. This is an experiment in property rights in the digital age, something thats gotten surprisingly little attention.
- 2. Ive read the iTunes agreements and found nothing denying transferability. This isnt any more a commercial venture than selling CDs at the local music store, Im not incorporated or even DBA. Furthermore, in case anyone thinks this is a cheap way to make a buck I will be donating all proceeds to the EFF.
- 3. When the song is successfully transferred, I will not be keeping a copy of the song. If I dont own it I shouldnt have a copy.
And will it give the lucky auction winner have the necessary time to enjoy their purchase before were all toast in 2014!
News source: eBay auction - Double Dutch Bus by Devin Vasquez