In a recent lawsuit against a guy who sells used music CDs on eBay, music industry powerhouse Universal Music claims that no one is allowed to sell the promotional CDs that they give away as advertising. In fact, they argue that it is illegal even to throw a promo CD away.
In a brief filed in federal court yesterday, Universal Music Group (UMG) states that, when it comes to the millions of promotional CDs (“promo CDs”) that it has sent out to music reviewers, radio stations, DJs, and other music industry insiders, throwing them away is “an unauthorized distribution” that violates copyright law. Yes, you read that right — if you’ve ever received a promo CD from UMG, and you don’t still have it, UMG thinks you’re a pirate.
In the absence of any Universal-sponsored recycling program, I suppose that music industry folks are supposed to hang onto these CDs–which they never asked for in the first place–forever.