Thursday, October 18, 2012

Post 9: Media and Archiving

Who owns our digital downloads?

We all have downloaded digital media whether in the form of music, books, movies, or magazines; sometimes its free and sometimes we have to pay for it. Yet regardless of the channel or the price, you technically do not own it. You are instead acquiring a license that lets you use it.  

Earlier last month there was news that Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple for the right to hand down his downloaded music to his daughters (He didn’t end up suing). Here is one tech journalist's take on the situation.

In this digital age, do you think people should own their downloads? Should they be allowed to use them as they see best, resell them (think Itunes at a garage sale!), or bequeath them? What do you think?