Google Follows Amazon's Lead: Launching Music Locker, But Ignoring RIAA Demands For Licenses
from the good-move dept
After Amazon launched its music locker without first getting licenses from the record labels, there were rumors that Google might do the same. Google had been negotiating with the labels, but (not at all surprisingly) found that the labels were making ridiculous demands (lots of money and crazy restrictions that would handicap the service). It appears that the folks at Google are realizing what Amazon figured out a while ago: there doesn’t appear to be any licensing needed to run a music locker service. After all, you don’t need a license to listen to your own music stored on your own hard drive. Why should it be any different if that hard drive is connected to you via the internet?
So it should come as little surprise that Google is, indeed, moving forward with its music locker launch, and doing so without label approval. It sounds like the offering will be similar to Amazon’s, but with (significantly) more free storage.
The real question is how the labels will react. With Amazon, there was definitely some complaining and fretting and talk about how “something” had to be done, but none of the labels seemed willing to step up and sue. But with Google entering the market as well, and Apple likely to follow soon as well, you have to think that some label is going to take a flier on a lawsuit just to register the protest. Of course, in the meantime, I imagine everyone will be continuing to pay attention to the one current lawsuit in this space: EMI’s suit against MP3Tunes, for which we should (finally?) be hearing some sort of decision before too long.