When I buy music from iTunes, what is it they want me not to do with it to protect intellectual property rights?
This should be easier to figure out than it seems. I did some hunting around in the iTunes Store and found a document titled “Terms and Conditions”, which I downloaded. It’s larger than many novels, and in my text editor has 1900 lines of text. The language is pretty dense and technical. I don’t think comprehending it is a very practical option for a lay person. Hunting around elsewhere in the Store and the iTunes app hasn’t turned anything else useful up yet. Neither has browsing the web or reading some wikipedia articles.
The sort of thing I’m curious about is whether it’s permissible to give Mrs. Napier copies of the tunes I’ve bought, as she’s getting an iPod for Christmas, or sharing them with for example the Napierette with whom I exchange ideas and suggestions for some kinds of music we both like.
It is easier to figure out what the software actually lets me do. It allows quite a lot. As near as I can tell, I could be peddling compilation CD’s on the street corner without it stopping me, depending. But I’m not interested in this. It also looks like shoplifting and stealing patio furniture would often work, and I’m not interested in these either.
Obviously the music industry has sold records for years with the understanding that multiple people may be in the room when they’re played, so clearly every single listener need not pay, but with technology that facilitates for example putting the library on a network drive so a whole housefull of users can access it, which involves copying and so forth, is that part of the deal? It even looks like there are features built into the software with that intent.
Mods, if this violates some rule against soliciting legal advice, then erase it, but it hardly seems like the kind of question it’s reasonable to hire a lawyer for. Besides, I make my living partly via intellectual property law, and am just plain curious.