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Sony Music, mSpot Execs Debate Cloud Music Services
/ January 24, 2011 1:11 pm

Cannes, France – Sony (NYSE: SNE) Music is "uncomfortable" with cloud-based music services like mSpot, which do not require a license to ensure songs being uploaded by users were legally purchased, according to comments made by Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for U.S. sales and corporate strategy at the label.

Billboard covered a panel discussion at the MIDEM music conference in France that featured both Hesse and Daren Tsui, CEO of mSpot.

"We are very uncomfortable with a model where you can just throw anything into the cloud and stream it, if what you threw into the cloud was not legitimately purchased," Hesse said at the panel.

"It’s not the right thing to do to launch a service under these kinds of shady legal situations. We will do everything in our power to enforce our rights in those kinds of situation."

For his part, Tsui replied that "It’s not our job to police how [consumers] get their music."

Billboard and CNET noted there is no legal precedent on cloud music services, but that major label EMI’s lawsuit against cloud locker service could eventually provide clarity on the issue.


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