Aural Arguments

I asked Apple executive Phil Schiller several weeks ago whether when he said that when you download music from the iTunes store you "own" it, whether that meant you could sell it. I wrote up his remarks here, as there wasn't precisely a place to fit them in a column I wrote for The Seattle Times around the same time. His fundamental statement: There are always "certain boundaries on your rights, just as on everything I own." For instance, "I can own a car but that doesn't give me the right to speed 100 mph in it."This article at News.com describes how a Web developer tested the theory that he owned iTunes music by trying to sell it on eBay. No dice. Violates eBay's auction agreement (see Comment below).