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August 22, 2005
Filesharing Amnesty - For Real, This Time
Cory Doctorow reports that a UK ISP called PlayLouder MSP has secured a license from Sony that allows its customers to legally share any song in the Sony-BMG catalog with other PlayLouder customers: "This is such stupendously good news that I frankly didn't believe it...I spent the day going back and forth with the two [principals] from PlayLouder MSP, Paul Sanders and Paul Hitchman, and based on what they've told me, I'm prepared to say that this is the best thing to happen to the copyfight all year -- maybe all century."
It's pretty astounding. According to Cory, for the cost of regular ISP service, you get:
- The right to share any song in the Sony-BMG catalog
- Even if it's out of print
- In any file-format
- Using any file-sharing software
- At any bitrate
The press release is here
; no doubt we'll soon see a lot more happening here
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