Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Court Gets it Right

Here's some good news: a federal appeals court ruled that preference-based playlists are not interactive!

Just as anyone can tune the radio dial until he finds a station he likes, he can tell online services what music he likes and hear that kind of music - all under the US compulsory license, which means the online service doesn't have to negotiate special on-demand rights or prices.

This is a victory not only for Yahoo and Launch, but Pandora and every other preferences-based streaming service out there!

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