July 1, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

The Circumvention Will Continue Until Morale Improves

It looks like music publishers may be just as fed up with the restrictions iTunes imposes on the use of legally purchased music as everyone else is.

Jon Johansen -- yes, that Jon Johansen -- points to an interesting post over in the Hymn forums by a user calling himself "laudmusic." Writes the user, "I work for major music publisher. We buy and convert files from ITMS as it's cheaper than buying a whole CD from a one-stop when we need a master of a song we control. Would love to have it AppleScriptable so I can incorporate Hymn into our creative system."

Johansen's search for "laudmusic" turned up Michael Lau at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., which bills itself as a "premiere music publishing company" with "tenfold growth in revenue over the past decade."

Asks Johansen, "Did Warner/Chappell's legal department review the iTMS TOS and come to the conclusion that it's not worth the paper it's, uhm, not written on? ;-)"


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