UMG seems to think that the "promotional use only" label somehow gives it "eternal ownership" over the CD. While this might make sense to a goblin living in Harry Potter's world, it's not the law under the Copyright Act. According to the first sale doctrine, once a copyright owner has parted with ownership of a CD, book, or DVD, whether by sale, gift, or other disposition, they may not control further dispositions of that particular copy (including throwing it away). It's thanks to the first sale doctrine that libraries can lend books, video rental stores can rent DVDs, and you can give a CD to a friend for their birthday. It's also the reason you can throw away any CD that you own.
I'm sometimes accused of having a rather inflexible attitude towards freedom, leaning too far towards idealism, and seemingly incapable of accepting pragmatism. The fact is, however, that those who preach pragmatism are mostly hypocrites, who ostensibly extend olive branches of compromise, but with no genuine intention of making concessions, instead continuing their intractable agenda of oppression - unabated. Rarely do I ever see any progress that favours the side of freedom. In reality, pragmatism is nothing more than a euphemism for the oppressed surrendering unconditionally to their oppressors. To perceive it otherwise, is to indulge in denial.
So it is with one particularly virulent strain of oppression called "Intellectual Property", or more accurately "Intellectual Monopoly", the bastard son of the unholy triumvirate - Copyrights; Patents and Trademarks.
CNN's Louise Schiavone reports on the push from billionaire Bill Gates to allow more workers into the U.S. on H-1B visas.
Fawning members of congress fail to challenge Bill Gates, as he sells out America for cheap foreign labour.
Another new low for the Redmond gangsters.
Microsoft is "trying to make them advertising agents of their wares," says Albert Borgman, a philosophy professor at the University of Montana at Missoula who has written about technology and its effect on society. "This is going beyond the pale."
An excellent article from Techdirt, postulating that the idea of so-called "Intellectual Property" is completely bogus.