Amazon said it has sidestepped legal uncertainties about allowing users to upload music from their computer – some of which may have been downloaded illegally – by being the equivalent of any other storage device, such as an external hard drive.
Craig Pape, director of music at Amazon, said: “We don’t need a license to store music. The functionality is the same as an external hard drive.”
I’m pleased by their confidence; I wonder how the music companies will feel about it. Asking for disclosure of what’s stored by who, perhaps? I wouldn’t put anything past them.