July 25, 2008

The Rental Model [9:39 am]

EFF: Yahoo Music should compensate customers

Yahoo Music is telling customers that it wont allow users who bought songs from the service to transfer them to new devices or PCs after September 30.

The announcement on Thursday has stunned the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a watchdog group for Internet users. Surely, Yahoo should have learned something from the MSN debacle. Just a month ago, Microsoft reversed a decision to stop releasing authorization keys for the copy protections it placed on songs, and will issue keys for three more years.

“Some people think they can use music wrapped in digital rights management just like they do a CD,” Corynne McSherry, an attorney with EFF, told CNET News. “This should teach everyone that you cant.”

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