Intellectual Property: Rented not Owned

What’s the lesson to be learned from the success of Apple’s Music Store? Is it the low price? Great UI? Security? Integration? Portablity?

iTunes Screenshot

Microsoft wants to duplicate all of these things, but the one thing they underestimate is the whole ownership thing. For all the talk about Property, they think IP rental is the next big thing.

Intellectual Property Issues

I’m not opposed to business model experimentation, but as I’ve said before:

Don’t expect people to take your moralizing about Intellectual Property very seriously
if you insist on an IP Rental Scheme.