Friday, November 18, 2005

Time-Shift that Private Copy

An interesting take on fair use comes from the company behind iFill, which allows you to receive internet radio, send it directly to your iPod, where it is stored in separate song files: "iFill's main use is as a timeshift device, and as such it encourages private use of music within the legal limits of personal copies".

I'm not so sure at all that this reasoning will hold. But expect the debate about internet radio as an alternative source for music to increase as the P2P saga winds down: how to (legally) define the selective recording of transmitted songs and the subsequent time-shifting for, probably, more than a little time.

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