Tuesday, October 28, 2008

8tracks avoids the muxtape scenario

They have started adding typical social features, but the really interesting part is how they avoid the RIAA muxtape treatment.  If you don't recall the muxtape quandary, this sums it up.  The trick will be what they do when they grow to "large online radio" status. 

8tracks: The “Legal Muxtape” That Continues To Thrive
8tracks keeps on the right side of the law by making use of a DMCA loophole that allows it to operate as a small online radio station, which have lower licensing fees for the music they stream. Each playlist mimics a miniature radio station: while users are free to share their playlists with friends, the site doesn’t actually show what songs are in the playlist - you have to listen to find out.

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