November 10th, 2009

fuckoff

Act like a pirate day!

More from eMusic:

"We apologize for any confusion this issue may have caused. The restriction is not with the label.

We are sorry to inform you that eMusic no longer offers service in your area. We appreciate your interest in eMusic and apologize for any frustration caused by this issue. Please note we are obligated to honor licensing contracts with labels as to where we can make their music available for download. Service to customers has always been subject to territory restrictions, as explained in the Terms of Service agreement.

Unfortunately, this is the only information that we are able to disclose, We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Which tells me nothing except that the previous email in which they passed the buck to the label was a lie.

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I would suggest that Sony and eMusic are causing the very thing they are trying to prevent with this behaviour. If they want to force people into piracy, refusing them a safe, legitimate, quick and reasonably-priced source of music is a good way to do it.

Personally, I prefer to pay for my music. I'm happy to pay 40c a track or even $1.00 a track - it's still cheaper than buying CDs. But if some arsehole corporate wants to install malware on my machine with it, or charge me $4.00 a track through CDs and expect me and the artist to take the shafting while they skim the cream off that money for themselves, they have another thing coming.

I see remarkable parallels between music file sharing and the drugs debate. Remove a legitimate source of something someone wants enough, and they'll go to another source regardless of the law.

Why do big corporates and governments not understand this?