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Did President Obama Violate Copyright Law With the Queen's iPod Gift?

Kelly_betch_jail A little brainteaser for all the geeks in our audience. Okay, fine, we're all geeks. Make that "for our audience."

"President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift. Did he violate the law when he did so?

You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question."

For real. Read the full article at Electronic Frontier Foundation's website. It's weirdly interesting.

(Personally, I lost all faith in our copyright laws thanks to the continued existence of Coldplay.)

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If he bought the songs to load onto the iPod and gifted it to her, didn't sell it, my answer would be no.

This is so full of stupid my head hurts. This means that if I ever want to get rid of CDs I have to shred them - not gift them, not resell them to a used store... it's silly and an environmental nightmare.


Ugh, this sounds far too much like my job. Our copyright laws are nightmarish, and getting worse every day.

Sils, nah, you're ok if they're actual CDs and not digital downloaded content. Physical, original CDs are covered under the first sale doctrine and can be gifted, loaned, etc.

But digital downloaded stuff isn't technically "owned" by you, even when you pay for it. You didn't buy the music, you bought a "license."

It is stupid.

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