Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Server location is such a big deal

Interesting article in Ars technica today

What was really interest tucked about 3 quarters of the way down the article was this
"The US rights holder may have provided the track, says Spaulding, but "people in England or Frankfurt are saying we don't recognize your ability to give away that music."

I haven't posted the full comments yet as waiting for the video to be available online but i was at a session last week where the CTO of Amazon announced the AWS servers can now be ordered 'with specific geographical hosting'; i think this would have been offered ostensibly for HIPPA requirements but you could imagine other instances where this is important.

I've been thinking about this issue for some time but in relation to physical cd's - whats to stop me 'mastering and creating cd's in Russia but importing them to the USA', or if thats illegal then just selling them online and shipping them in by post one at a time.

As long as i met the compulsory license fees of the country of origin where the cd's where pressed aren't i meeting all the necessary laws?


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