Amazon launched the Amazon Cloud Player earlier this week and Steven thought it was pretty good way to listen to French House Music. With this service, you can listen to uploaded music on your Android device, or through the Amazon Cloud Web Player. And music labels feel that Amazon should have to pay a license to allow that kind of streaming.
Amazon is under the impression that since users are buying and uploading their own content that a streaming license doesn’t apply. That makes perfect sense, people can’t stream any songs they haven’t paid for, so it isn’t like Pandora. However, the music industry does not agree. Cat Griffin, an Amazon spokesperson said, “The functionality of saving MP3s to Cloud Drive is the same as if a customer were to save their music to an external hard drive.”
Sony was not happy that Amazon did not attempt to get a license from them. Spokesperson Liz Young said they were hoping for one, but were keeping their legal options open. Amazon just announced this service last week, and reportedly didn’t wait for any license talks to formalize. If record companies have their way this could have some major legal repercussions for Amazon. But more important to consumers could this anger record companies so much that they start pulling content from Amazon’s music store? Only time will tell.
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Source: Ars Technica