Friday, September 17

Microsoft service selling cloned radio station broadcasts

Here's a good article to debate copyright over. Can you really own a sequence of songs? If the value of a radio station isn't in the songs it plays then what is it's value and how will they ultimately compete with their own playlist when it contains no commercials or other distractions?
Soon, the world's largest software company, a staunch defender of its own copyrights, may have to answer it in court. Earlier this month, Microsoft began charging users to listen to online clones of 978 U.S. and Canadian radio stations with ''fewer ads, no DJ chatter and less repetition.' And no, Bill Gates didn't ask the stations for permission to copy their playlists.

Wired News: Attack of the Radio Clones

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