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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:33

Apple's iCloud could be the biggest copyright trap in history

Written by Nick Farell
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The music industry will know everything about you
One of the stranger services that Apple's iCloud is offering is Music Match. For $24.99 per year, it will scan your machine and mimic all of the user’s music files onto Apple’s new data centre.

The music industry's reaction to the move was swift. It said that it effectively would legalise all the pirated copies you owned.

But as Between the Numbers points out, Apple fanboys are allowing Apple the right to scan their system and store the personally identifiable results on Apple’s servers. If you bought a dodgy MP3 and share it, Apple will know who shared their copy and whose copy is illegal and could pass this information on to the RIAA or other music watchdogs who would sue users into a coma.

Many believe that Apple wouldn't do such an evil thing because they are a force of light in a troubled world. But as Apple is one of the biggest music retailers in the world, it is not going to want to protect pirates.

It could be that Apple has compiled an all you can eat buffet of data for the RIAA.


Nick Farell

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