Changes, Changes: Amazon Stops Printing Pages, MIT Shuts Down TV Music
from the ah,-those-pesky-legal-complications dept
Two followups to popular stories this week. First there was the supposed legal “loophole” that was going to let students at MIT broadcast MP3s over their TVs. I still don’t see how this is any different than something like a Live365 broadcast, but what do I know? Anyway, despite all the news articles saying how brilliant this was for side-stepping legal issues, it appears that not everyone agrees. The students who built the system claimed they had a license from the Harry Fox Agency to use the music, but the Harry Fox Agency said that was news to them. So, now, MIT has shut down the system while the legal issues get sorted out. Meanwhile, as the Authors Guild continued to worry about Amazon’s full text search feature, Amazon has possibly modified the system to no longer permit printing of pages. I just went and checked, and I could print out a page, so maybe I’m missing something here – or maybe it’s only for certain books. Of course, even if they did implement this, I imagine that the easy work around for this is to take a screen shot of the page, and print the image, but I’ve probably violated the DMCA suggesting that.