Paying the Record Labels Over and Over Again

Web pioneer questions why we must pay to hear music we already own.

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Record labels shouldn't be able to control what we do with our legally owned MP3 files, argues Michael Robertson within a post by Greg Sandoval in the Digital Media blog.

Robertson is the Web pioneer who's in a court battle with record companies over his MP3tunes.com, which lets users store their music on the Web.

The post was prompted by the launch of a new website, Lala.com. Lala struck deals with the labels and will charge us 10 cents each to stream songs we ostensibly already own. Robertson:

"This is about what users are allowed to do with their music. Are they allowed to put it on their phone and their game devices or on multiple PCs without paying the labels each time?"