an email I sent to all MP3tunes users this week:
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Let me start by saying that as the CEO of MP3tunes I appreciate all
your support over the last few years. Our customer's
suggestions and patience have helped us build the Locker system we have
today. We just launched AutoSync
-- making the management of your music collection easier than ever.
As you may be aware, the major record label EMI has sued MP3tunes,
claiming our service is illegal. You can read about the case here.
Much is at stake -- if you don't have the right to store your own music
online then you won't have the right to store ebooks, videos and other
digital products as well. The notion of ownership in the 21st century
will evaporate. The idea of ownership is important to me and I want to
make sure I have that right and my kids do too.
I would like to ask for your assistance in our battle for personal
music ownership. We need your help because we are a small, 15-person
company battling an international giant. They would like to make us
spend all of our money paying legal bills. Here's what you can do to
1) Please upgrade
to a Premium account. This week MP3tunes is launching 3 service levels.
I hope you will consider signing up for one of the paid levels. This
will not only help us pay for the costs of our service (machines,
storage and bandwidth) but a portion will go to cover our legal costs
in our case with EMI.
2) If you have a chance to talk publicly about our cause on your blog,
with friends, reporters or even EMI personnel please do so. MP3tunes is
working hard to design a secure personal music service. We don't
promote sharing of music in any manner. We want people to legally
acquire their music. But once they do, we think it's important that you
be able to use it how you want for your personal use. The AmazonMP3
"You may copy, store, transfer and burn the Digital Content only for
your personal, non-commercial, entertainment use." and this is what
MP3tunes allows you to do.
You have my commitment that I'll continually battle for your right to
store your music online and listen to it anywhere on any device. I hope
you'll consider helping MP3tunes in our battle. Thanks.
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