Can You Sell Your iPod With Songs On It?
from the questions,-questions... dept
NY Times reporter John Schwartz has an interesting article about how he learned so much more about a co-worker after buying the guy’s iPod. There were still about 3,000 songs on the iPod, and Schwartz spent some time listening to many of them — even discovering some bands or songs that he liked quite a bit (to the point of wanting to go out and buy the CDs himself). While it’s interesting to see how listening in on someone else’s iPod is a way to learn more about them, a much bigger question may be about the legality of selling an iPod with music on it. Sure, the seller can claim they’re just selling the device, but considering that the recording industry freaks out if anyone shares a song for free, let alone profits from selling a song, it certainly seems like Schwartz’ colleague, Kenneth Chang, has just opened himself up to a tremendous lawsuit. If the recording industry is going after people for sharing music for free, why not selling iPods full of music for just the cost of the iPod?