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Monday, July 11, 2005
The Internet was supposed to be the great leveler for aspiring musicians Exposure. Opportunity. Fans in different time zones. MP3.com created a virtual music locker that freed music fans from carrying stacks of their favorite CDs around to play through headphones on their personal computers. (This was the pre-iPod era.) An MP3.com server recognized the CDs and tagged them as part of the users' virtual music lockers, accessible on any computer browser with their user names and passwords. MP3.com was way ahead of its time with such an ambitious strategy in digital music. Unfortunately, it was also of questionable legality, because fans were not listening to the CDs they had purchased, but rather to copies of those CDs residing on an MP3.com server. It may seem like a minor distinction, but the five major record labels didn't think so - and they came down hard on MP3.com over licensing issues.
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