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MP3.com head calls for common sense

Written by Jari Ketola @ 11 Jan 2001 14:54

Speaking at the Future of Music Policy conference at Washington MP3.com chief executive Michael Robertson said MP3.com should not be required to pay royalties for music already owned by their users. He was refering to their My.MP3.com service which allows users to instantly beam CDs they own on to their My.MP3.com account.
``What are my rights in the digital world when I buy a CD? That needs to be clarified,'' Robertson said.

Robertson supported a bill introduced last fall by Rep. Rick Boucher who co-chairs the House Internet Caucus. The bill would exempt My.MP3.com from further royalty payments.

``We do need, I believe, some common sense injected into the copyright landscape,'' he said.

Common sense, however, seems to be one thing there's not an abundance of...

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