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Want To ‘Axe Your Aguilera’ & Sell Your Used Mp3s? ReDigi Launches To Make It Happen …Legally?

Artist_caChristina Aguilera looks pretty happy hawking her music the front page of the new ReDigi web site. But her label and manager Irving Azoff probably won't be happy to learn that under the headline "Axing your Aguilera?" ReDigi is really selling "used" downloads of Aguilera's songs for as little as 59 cents.

Using catchphrases like "All About Arcade?" (Fire) and "Craving For Carlos?" (Santana) , ReDigi, a site that many observers are convinced is illegal, went live late yesterday,

image from www.hypebot.comReDigi’s is not some shady outfit based in the Soviet Union, but rather a group of Cambridge, MA based technologists whose claim of legality is based a proprietary ReDigi Music Manager client (video demo below), which they say enables a music file to transfer from one user to another without allowing multiple copies to exist at the same time.

“ReDigi’s technology signifies an important transition in the digital space, beyond the scope of what anyone thought was possible,” CEO John Ossenmacher said in a statement. “By allowing consumers to sell their used digital music, we are giving digital goods a resale value for the first time ever and opening a new realm of what is possible in the digital age.”

No so entertainment attorney Rob Falk told Hypebot when looking at the service back in April. "A legal music download is generally issued as personal license to use, and I believe that by its terms, is non-transferable."

Watch the video demo.  What do you think?

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5 Comments

  1. I just can’t fathom how this is not a scam and how it’s not illegal. In no way do they make it apparent how the system can NOT be abused. I could make copy, after copy, after copy on my computer of a song and then sell it to them… How do they even know what songs being sold to them weren’t illegally downloaded in the first place?
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  2. How many different ways is HypeBot going to blog about this service. No matter how you slice/blog it, it’s still not legal.

  3. It only works with itunes AAC files. No mp3’s. Apple requires songs to be authorized for specific computers amd I assume (but don’t know) that’s what they are doing.
    Stop and think about this though. If songs are property, then there is a right of sale. But if they are licenses, the copyright laws do not apply at all.
    For the last 20+ years the labels have been switching which foot they are standing on depending on what benifits them most. That includes how much they are paying to musicians too.
    This is a question that is long over due for an answer.

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