Do You Really own your Music, Books, etc, or are you just renting them?

Over the summer, a potential lawsuit created some controversy by bringing to light an Apple policy saying that music was not transferable, and dies with you. It can’t be bequeathed. When you die, your music is gone, and you can’t bequeath it. That was frustrating to some, but this new detail is just ridiculous.

Barnes and Noble’s policy and system only allow you to use your books until your credit card expires. Have you read tons of books on your Nook? Despite the fact that you practically paid full price for those books  and despite it costing the makers nothing to produce, you’re only renting those books for the duration of your credit card.

No explanation has been given for this controversial policy, but to me this is incomprehensible. I like to go back and reread books sometimes before a movie comes out, or the next book in a series, and thinking that I would have to repurchase that book at full price to do this seems insane. I’m sticking with ibooks, and Google Play until this all clears up.

Who do you buy your ebooks from? It’s absolutely insane! I need a nap to relax after hearing about this one.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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