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Old January 12th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cjr72 View Post
Yeah I would think Amazon negotiated with the music labels to be able to add this feature. If they did I'm sure they would have considered the possibility that some people no longer own some of the CDs they bought and went forward with it anyhow.
Well, the whole reason why it's legal to make "fair use" (not to be confused with an Apple licensing scheme with a similar name) copies of music CDs. If you damaged or lost possession of your music CD by some other means than selling it or giving it as a gift, you were entitled to use the fair use copy as you did the original.

Of course MP3 files use lossy compression, and are therefore not exact copies of the original CD. In that respect, MP3 files are less than acceptable as fair use bit-perfect copies. Because of that fact, retailers that provide MP3 versions to purchasers of CDs may be able to negotiate terms that allow them to provide MP3 versions for little or no cost to themselves. Certainly a juggernaut like Amazon would be the one with the most leverage to do this!

(Having e-book copies) would be really cool. I've bought a lot more books from Amazon than CDs.
I've bought more learned texts that cost over $50US, and quite often over $100US than I care to count. Prices like that for technical information that's highly perishable are borderline obscene. (It's a seller's market.) I don't think that the publishers would have anything to lose by offering a complimentary e-book companion to the hard bound text. Not that that will move the publishers to be less greedy...
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