You know Wal-Mart, the largest distributor of music in the U.S.? Well, surprise surprise - they have started a music downloading service. They are also trying to keep that whole discounter image going by shaving a whole 11 cents off the cost of a song - down from .99 to .88! (Take that .11 and buy yourself something nice)
You want the real kick though? For .88$ you don't even get to actually "buy" the song. From Lawrence Lessig's blog, here is a re-print of the Orwellian TOS:
"All Products are sublicensed to you and not sold, notwithstanding the use of the terms “sell,” “purchase,” “order,” or “buy” on the Service or in this Agreement.”
Say goodbye to your rights, say hello to licenses.
You have the right to freely assemble (except as otherwise noted in this citizenship agreement)
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"The hallmark of revolution is that the goals of the revolutionaries cannot be contained by the institutional structure of the society they live in. As a result, either the revolutionaries are put down, or some of those institutions are transmogrified, replaced, or simply destroyed. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."