Selling Your Ipod

L. Bird pkeets at
Tue Feb 14 08:12:42 CST 2006

Here's a good one.  From Whochat Forum:


If you sell your iPod and don't remove your music first, you could find 
yourself with the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) breathing down 
your back. The organisation last week told sellers in the US that doing so 
is a clear violation of copyright law and warned them that it's sniffing out 
for infringers.

Apple's rapid iPod refresh schedule, not to mention those of its 
competitors, have generated a tide of old music player offers in classified 
ads columns and on sites like eBay. Rather too many sellers are shipping 
their old machines with music libraries intact - some we've seen even make a 
virtue of the fact.

But it's illegal, not only in the US but also in the UK and the rest of 
Europe. As, incidentally, is ripping all your CDs and LPs to MP3 then 
selling or even giving away the originals. By disposing of your physical 
media, you're ending your right to use the music they contain. The RIAA's 
point, made in an MTV online report is that handing over music on a music 
player is no different from duplicating a CD and selling the copy.

The only way around the problem is to either erase the iPod, or make sure it 
ships with only copies of the music - downloads if that's how they were 
obtained, or the original physical media. And don't keep copies yourself.

More information about the TheWho mailing list