Wednesday, May 17, 2006

iPod owners are thieves - Real Network CEO

Rob Glaser , CEO of RealNetworks, is dubbed Jackass of the week by DaringFireball.

No wonder - when he makes statements like this:

"If you want interoperable music today, there is a very easy solution: it’s called stealing.
The average number of songs sold for the iPod is 25, and there are many more songs on iPods than 25. About half the music on iPods is music obtained illegitimately either from an illegal peer-to-peer networks or from ripping friends’ CDs, which is illegal. But it’s the only way to get non-copy protected, portable, interoperable music".

Huh? Its not illegal to rip a CD that you bought for your own use.
That comes under "fair use" law. What a wonderful way to alienate potential customers Mr Glaser.