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Consumer deception? That 'Buy Now' button on Amazon or iTunes may not mean you own what you paid for

Consumer deception? That 'Buy Now' button on Amazon or iTunes may not mean you own what you paid for

The dirty little secret of the digital marketplace long has been that buyers of e-books, MP3 songs and movie downloads aren’t really acquiring anything that resembles traditional ownership.

How secret is this? According to a study scheduled to be published shortly by two law professors at Case Western Reserve University and UC Berkeley, it’s very secret. The vast majority of buyers on such digital marketplaces as Amazon or Apple’s iTunes Store, they say, have no understanding of how limited their ownership rights are, even when they’re paying full...

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