It just occurred to me that if I let Apple (or any other "cloud" service) "hold" my music that's VERY similar to a bank holding my money, right? We have, often mentioned in these august pages, heard of music/content which was "purchased" only to be denied access due to provider indifference.
It wouldn't surprise me if she was doing this Pro Bono or, at least, cheaply. After all, Righthaven's efforts so far have put in place some pretty damaging (from her perspective) case law. Maybe she just wants to stop the bleeding?
I don't think we are getting anywhere towards meaningful value until one of the providers turns toward providing value to the consumer. Of course there is no current incentive to do that due to the current monopolistic/duopolistic environment. I can choose Comcast or U-verse, period. Each is so entrenched that the consumer (me) is treated with disdain. But entry costs to the arena are prohibitive, I see no relief in sight!
I think the reason that these sorts of articles won't have much affect at all is that the regulators get no appreciation of the actual harm that the copyright maximilists are doing. They get continuous reminders from the industry that the "theft" is bankrupting corn farmers but the opposite harm isn't being realized. Those that understand the issues can point to only societal issues or economic effects that are a bit vague and nebulous. Even refuting the "the music business is dying" claims, something easily done, is less effective than the well-heeled industry saying that they are dying.
I wish I knew what it would take to get the ones in the position to do something about it to understand.
but I won't do that again at that price. I had two reasons to buy. First and foremost was the Toy Story 3 article. My daughter and son-in-law both worked on the movie. Second was just to see what all the hype was about. I think it's a very well done app and quite flashy but I'll not pay for it again unless they lower the cost.
So far the only digital subscription I've bought is for Smithsonian on Zinio.