RIAA Bans Resale of Preloaded iPods

The RIAA, the recording industry
s legal strong-arm, announced to MTV.com last Friday that reselling iPods with preloaded music is
a clear violation of U.S. copyright law. The RIAA is monitoring this means of infringement.
Apparently 1) the RIAA is now a legislative body and 2) MTV is still relevant.

An Ebayer of video iPods packed with 6000+ songs has already been contacted by RIAA agents dispatched via black vinyl choppers pumping
Grindin’
by Clipse.

This brings to mind “dynamic” and “static” systems, as elucidated by Joseph Schumpeter in his lectures on
Evolutionary Economics and Creative Destruction.
Or at least that’s what we glean based on the book summary.

A static system is one requiring lots of effort to maintain, like a boulder held to a cliff. A dynamic system trends towards equilibrium, like a boulder in a really giant bowl. In vain, the RIAA maintains a static system. It will fall like a Berlin wall. The only question is when and how to make it into a sweet t-shirt.

RIAA Bans Preloaded iPod Resale [ FMBQ ]

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  1. mrscolex says:

    Does anyone remember when the old iBooks, before the iPod was ever released, used to come preloaded with about a gig worth of mp3′s to play on the fledgling iTunes program? There was some awesome music on that compilation and some of the musical genre’s really opened me up to some new favorite bands and what not.

  2. Papercutninja says:

    Does anyone else hope that Cary Sherman (pres of RIAA) dies in a drunk driving accident on the way to his daughter’s dance recital? Or is it just me?

  3. AFD says:

    Oddly, they have a legitimate concern, but.. if the seller has legally acquired the music (iTunes, CD rips, etc) and has removed the existing songs from their PC and/or thrown away the CDs, I do not see the problem in selling a music-filled DAP. That would technically be the same as selling a 2nd hand CD. In any case, the RIAA deserves to get F’d in the A for the way they treat their customers.

  4. x23 says:

    “Does anyone remember when the old iBooks, before the iPod was ever released, used to come preloaded with about a gig worth of mp3′s to play on the fledgling iTunes program?”

    yup! it was like 100 tracks or so. liking all things esoteric…. i was actually surprised at some of the lesser known stuff that they picked.